Gas War: More Backup Arrives for California

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
gas war more backup arrives for california

California has gained additional support from two Democratic governors in the gas war. On Tuesday, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced her state would adopt new tailpipe greenhouse gas and zero-emission vehicle requirements starting in the 2022 model year. The following day, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz directed his state to do the same.

Both of the plans embrace Californian standards already adopted by 13 other states hoping to aggressively curb vehicle emissions and promote the sale of electric cars. It also expresses support for the state after the Trump administration announced it would take for steps to eliminate California’s ability to self-regulate fleetwide greenhouse gas emissions.

“It’s pretty obvious today amongst all chaos in the national news that we can’t count on Washington to lead, so Minnesota needs to,” said Walz.

According to Bloomberg, Minnesota and New Mexico earned praise from environmental advocates who disapprove of the federal government’s attempt to rein in California’s authority to set standards that are more stringent than those proposed by Washington.

“While the Trump administration is working to stall clean car standards, a growing number of states are stepping up and showing they want to protect their air and curtail the largest source of carbon pollution,” Luke Tonachel, director for clean cars and fuels at the Natural Resources Defense Council, stated.

Automakers, which have attempted to keep as many friends in the gas war as possible, continue hoping for a national standard. Unfortunately, the situation now looks to be decided by a prolonged legal battle that could end with a Supreme Court decision.

From Bloomberg:

Automakers warn that new rules are only part of the puzzle when it comes to electric cars. States must also offer incentives such as tax credits for purchasing the vehicles, carpool-lane privileges and vehicle charger infrastructure, Bryan Goodman, a spokesman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said in a statement.

If states are going to adopt the California zero emission vehicle mandate, they “would need to make a massive investment to create the necessary infrastructure and complementary policies to make the program work,” he said.

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  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Sep 27, 2019

    I love hypocrisy on this board - everybody are horrified about climate change and predict end of the world in 11 years and then in the next thread turn around and bash Tesla and wish it to die excruciating death.

  • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Sep 29, 2019

    In the news...Governer of Minnesota who was elected to lead his state is making a big deal out of the fact he has to lead his state. Details at 11. Seriously, politicians are the laziest among us. We talk about welfare and what not but these clowns are the true societal leeches. Yes you were elected to make decisions. If this is the decision your voters want, why are you shirking your responsibility to the federal government?

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  • VoGhost You want to hear something mind blowing? Ford last year lost $34K on every BEV it sold. Tesla made $10K per vehicle sold. So stop telling me that once the legacy ICE automakers get into the EV market that they'll wipe the floor with Tesla. My stock is making way too much money to take you seriously.
  • EBFlex Oh this is glorious. Not that any of this is surprising, we've known since day one government cars are not profitable.But imagine losing over $6 billion (total EV experiment losses from 2021-current) by introducing three garbage EVs, two of which are nothing more than removing the proper ICE powertrain and cobbling together some electric motors in that space (fake lightning and the electric van thing). What a staggering level of incompetence.
  • Dimitar Gueorguiev > No way Ford sells 600k EVs this year, or next.Why not? Mustang Mach E is as good as any Tesla or better.