Virginia Gov. Youngkin rejects electric vehicle mandate

The California Air Resources Board made headlines recently when it announced that no new electric vehicles would be sold in the state after 2035.

While that move was welcomed by many on the left, one Republican governor recently made clear that his state won’t be following suit. 

New promises

According to Fox Business, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin issued a statement on Sunday in which he promised to undo legislation passed last year under his Democratic predecessor tying Virginia’s emission standards to those of California.

“In an effort to turn Virginia into California, liberal politicians who previously ran our government sold Virginia out by subjecting Virginia drivers to California vehicle laws,” Youngkin complained.

“Now, under that pact, Virginians will be forced to adopt the California law that prohibits the sale of gas and diesel-fueled vehicles,” he continued.

“Ridiculous edict”

“I am already at work to prevent this ridiculous edict from being forced on Virginians. California’s out of touch laws have no place in our Commonwealth,” the governor concluded.

Fox Business noted that Republicans hold a majority in Virginia’s legislature and Youngkin has consulted with lawmakers about passing a new bill regarding emissions.

“House Republicans will advance legislation in 2023 to put Virginians back in charge of Virginia’s auto emission standards and its vehicle marketplace. Virginia is not, and should not be, California,” House Speaker Todd Gilbert was quoted as saying in a statement.

Not powerful enough

Youngkin isn’t the only one criticizing California’s car ban; in an op-ed piece for Fox News, former California Republican Party chairman Tom Del Beccaro wrote, “California has an energy shortage. Period. Full stop.”

“Just a couple of months ago, California energy officials forecasted that ‘the state’s electrical grid lacks sufficient capacity to keep the lights on this summer and beyond if heatwaves, wildfires or other extreme events take their toll,'” Del Beccaro observed.

“California’s regulators have also projected that the problem will get worse by 2025 – and are about to stick customers with annual electricity rate increases of between 4% and 9% from now to 2025.”

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