Tuesday, October 10, 2017

California Democrats: Ban Cars

By Douglas V. Gibbs
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In California, not only does the Democrats want a fully confiscation of firearms, but of gas-powered engines, too.

While talking to Bloomberg in New York on September 22, Mary Nichols, chairman of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), said that the state’s governor, Jerry Brown, has raised the subject of banning cars with internal combustion engines with her. The idea was inspired by similar bans in China, France, and the United Kingdom.

“I’ve gotten messages from the governor asking, ‘Why haven’t we done something already?’” Nichols said, referring to China’s plan to end the use of vehicles powered by fossil fuels by 2030. “The governor has certainly indicated an interest in why China can do this and not California.”

Since electric cars are a bust, and only a few people use public transportation, are they expecting everyone to only work in their own neighborhood, and ride bikes?

That was a rhetorical question.

Did the Democrats consider the loss in revenue connected to the reduction in registration, gasoline sales, and sales tax associated with car sales.

If a ban were implemented, automakers would be under new pressure to make electric vehicles the standard for sales in California. This would have an impact on the future of gasoline- and diesel-powered autos elsewhere.

“We have been working with California on intelligent, market-based approaches to emissions reductions beyond 2025, and we hope that this doesn’t signal an abandonment of that position,” Bloomberg quoted John Bozzella, CEO of the Association of Global Automakers.

United States emissions standards are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). However, out of consideration for Southern California’s legendary smog problem, the EPA allows California to impose more stringent vehicle emissions standards — subject to EPA approval — than are required nationally. Other states may choose to follow either the national or California standards.

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