From One News Now:

Steven Greenhut, western region director of the R Street Institute, points out the market is already moving in the direction of electric vehicles, especially in the Golden State.

“Out here, electric cars are popular,” Greenhut tells OneNewsNow. “[The governor’s order is] just another edict that’s going to raise prices on people and make it tougher for lower-income people, mandating all sorts of changes in our infrastructure when the market is already moving in that direction.”

He adds there is still an environmental concern with electric vehicles (EVs).

“I like electric cars, but they shift the pollution from the tailpipe to the electricity generating plant – but the market is sorting these things out and I don’t think the governor should be doing this,” Greenhut continues.

In his announcement, Governor Newsome stated: “This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change …. Our cars shouldn’t make wildfires worse – and create more days filled with smoky air. Cars shouldn’t melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines.”

Greenhut accuses Newsome of being overly focused on climate change.

“[I’m] not saying it isn’t happening, but he’s ignoring the real-world policy choices that he could be making,” he explains, “like with the wildfires [where] it’s more of a land management and a bureaucracy issue that he’s not dealing with.”

Governor Newsom’s order will not prevent someone from owning a gas-powered vehicle in 2035. It also allows for the sale of gas-powered vehicles on the used car market.

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