The Independent Women’s Forum, which focuses on economic policies that work for society, said in a new op-ed that California’s attempt to ban gas-powered cars by 2035 is “probably illegal” and likely unconstitutional as well.
The initiative to get rid of gas vehicles in one of the nation’s largest states comes straight out of Governor Gavin Newsom’s agenda, currently being implemented by the California Air Resources Board.
The women’s forum says the ban violates the Commerce Clause, which prohibits creating unreasonable burdens on interstate commerce.
The state would also need to get a waiver from the Environmental Protection Agency to set stricter emissions rules than exist at a national level.
A different situation
California has had such a waiver for smog and particle pollution, but greenhouse gases are a separate thing because they rise high into the atmosphere and aren’t trapped in the California coast’s bowl-like conditions.
Even the current waiver has been challenged by 17 state attorneys general and may be overturned in the courts soon.
Economically, the women’s forum also argued that the ban is unrealistic.
Many people can’t afford electric vehicles, which start at over $50,000, and the vehicles’ hours-long charging times make it unrealistic to take electric cars on long trips or even use them for long commutes.
While California has one of the highest ownership rates for electric vehicles at 12.5%, 78% of those residents also own a gas-powered car as a back up when using the electric one isn’t feasible.
If people think the exodus out of California has been bad up until now, just wait and see how many more people leave to avoid this gas-powered vehicle ban.
Electric vehicles also use at least 10 times the minerals of gas-powered cars in their batteries, and those minerals come from mines in China and Africa that don’t adhere to emissions standards that are followed in the U.S.
The forum also pointed out that more EV cars will put more pressure on the electric grid–and some electric generation is still done with coal-powered plants that are even worse with emissions than gas.