by Katy Grimes, E&E Legal Senior Media Fellow and California Globe Editor
As Appearing in the California Globe

California can’t even keep the power on during annual summer heat

“If you like your car, you can keep your car” may become the biggest lie ever in California. And I like my car.

While you may be able to keep your existing gas-powered car in California, any new car purchased after 2035 will have to be electric or other non-gas powered vehicle.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order September 2020 phasing out gas-powered cars, and requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035, California Globe reported. The Governor’s Executive Order also addresses “closure and remediation of former oil extraction sites,” threatening the oil and gas industry in the state.

Fast forward: The California Air Resources Board announced new zero-emission vehicle regulations this week, which, if passed, would call for 35% of new car sales in the state to be battery or hydrogen-powered by 2026, up to 100% by 2035, the Globe reported.

“Pull away from the gas pumps,” Newsom said. “Let us no longer be victims of geopolitical dictators that manipulate global supply chains and global markets.”

2020 data showed that only 2% of all cars in California are even zero emission, likely because most people can’t afford to drive a $60,000 electric luxury vehicle, or pay the $3,000 to $8,000 to install a home car-charging station in your garage.

The Air Resources Board order is a regulatory component to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s September 2020 executive order banning gas and diesel vehicles by 2035.

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