Is California ready to ban gas-powered cars? Not yet. But they're thinking about it

Discussion in 'Politics' started by EC, May 17, 2019.

  1. EC

    EC 12 pointer

    Jul 13, 2003
    Louisville, KY.
    Part of the UN's 2030 plan and Agenda 21. You, serf, are not allowed to anything or even move from your prison cities (your barnyard). All under the guise of "saving the earth". Yeah, saving it for your god-masters to rule and enjoy. You're just a 'worker bee' on a bicycle, if they allow you to live.


    Is California ready to ban gas-powered cars? Not yet. But they're thinking about it
    Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY Published 8:53 p.m. ET May 16, 2019 | Updated 12:55 p.m. ET May 17, 2019

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    LOS ANGELES — California without gasoline-burning cars? The idea is starting to be floated.

    A top regulator came close Thursday, but ultimately backed away from directly raising the notion of giving the boot to exhaust-belching automobiles, a staple of life in the freeway-happy Golden State for more than a century.

    Speaking at an air-quality workshop in San Diego, Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board, was expected to toss in the idea of killing off gas-powered cars based on her prepared remarks. They called for her to list ways in which the state can get tougher on pollution.

    “That might mean, for example, tougher requirements for low-carbon fuels, looking at tighter health-protective regulations on California refineries, doubling down on our enforcement efforts on mobile and stationary sources — and might lead to an outright ban on internal-combustion engines,” according to the remarks obtained by Bloomberg News.

    But when it came to actually delivering the remarks, the direct reference to a gas-engine ban was omitted. In closing the conference, Nichols said if the air can't be cleaned fast enough, tougher measures like "fees, taxes and bans on certain types of vehicles" might be required. She added, "These are things that most of us don't think is the right way to go."

    A Los Angeles-area freeway in a file photo. California has notoriously bad traffic and air quality. (Photo: Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images)

    Nichols wasn't proposing a gas-vehicle ban on a whim, said Simon Mui, senior scientist for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Rather, she was reacting to steps that California may have to take to stay in compliance with toughening federal clean-air regulations. If the state, famous for its smoggy air, were to fall short, it would face sanctions.

    "The feds have clearly put the states into a bind," Mui said after attending the conference.

    In California, a ban on the sale of internal-combustion cars is considered a fanciful idea. In fact, a bill to ban the sale of internal-combustion cars by 2040 was introduced in the California Legislature last year, though it didn't get far.

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    “It’s time that we clear the path for emissions-free transportation and take significant steps to achieve our ambitious emissions reduction goals," Assemblyman Phil Ting, a San Francisco Democrat, said in a statement at the time.

    The California New Car Dealers Association opposed the measure, saying the state lacked enough public charging stations to keep all those electrics on the road, that the bill didn't take into account the valuable role played by gas-electric hybrid vehicles and that it was too hard to mandate rules on vehicle sales more than 20 years in the future.

    Already, California is the nation's leader in the sale of electric cars. The association says more than 500,000 are on the road.

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    Some experts agree the timing isn't yet right to talk about a gasoline-free future.

    "California has always been a visionary when it comes to 'green' cars," said Ron Cogan, publisher of the Green Car Journal.

    "It's not surprising there are elements in government who want to move us away from internal-combustion cars." But "given the high cost of electric cars and that a great majority of entry-level buyers can't afford them, it's too early about talk about taking gas-powered cars off the road," Cogan said.

    Given the charging challenge and other issues, "so many things have to happen before that is financially or fundamentally possible," he added
  2. ojibwa62

    ojibwa62 12 pointer

    Jul 1, 2018
    Build the wall build the wall!
    But not where you think.
    bigbonner and Capttrae like this.
  3. wv67

    wv67 10 pointer

    Dec 19, 2017
    Southern wva
    Just cut it off at the border and let it float out to sea
  4. EC

    EC 12 pointer

    Jul 13, 2003
    Louisville, KY.
    Since California is about the 6th top producing state of oil, I think they should make all those refineries and oil fields shut down. They're producing evil oil and gasoline. Plus they're collecting billions of evil tax money from these efforts.

    Quit being it like you tell everyone else to do.
    ojibwa62 likes this.
  5. xbokilla

    xbokilla 12 pointer

    Jun 28, 2012
    They also have vegans and animal rights activists everywhere yet poison animals like crazy when they get overpopulated. But as long as people aren’t hunting them...because that’s just mean.
  6. Capttrae

    Capttrae 12 pointer

    Apr 2, 2012
    Just do long as they don’t do it before August idc, after that my gf’s niece and nephew will be back out there and out of my hair

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