Not All Republican Senators Want the Mayorkas Impeachment to Go Away
Biden Buys Another Round of Votes in Defiance of the Supreme Court
New Biden Video Attacks GOP Over Ukraine Aid but That's Not What People...
Largest-Ever COVID Vaccine Study Finds What Many of Us Already Suspected
Here's What New York's AG Is Threatening If Trump Doesn't Pay Civil Fraud...
US Ambassador to UN Explains Veto of Resolution Calling for Humanitarian Ceasefire in...
Will Trump Seek Revenge If Reelected? Former President Has a 'Drop the Mic'...
Chairman Jim Jordan Shares What He Expects to Hear From James Biden
The Military in One Country Is Taking Trans ‘Inclusion’ to a New Level
The New York Times Continues to Be a Target of the Biden White...
Elementary School Assistant Principal: Kids Reading Porn in Schools? A-OK!
The Evil of Hamas Is Also a Threat to America
Another Republican Governor to Deploy Troops to the Border
Chris Murphy Sure Is in a Foul Mood About His Terrible Border Bill...
Shock 2024 Poll: Is This Deep Blue State in Play?
Tipsheet

Should CA's Ban on New Gas Cars Be a 'Model' For US? Granholm Responds.

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm praised California’s ban on the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035 and said it could serve as a model for the rest of the country.

Advertisement

During an interview that aired Friday with FOX 11 Los Angeles, host Elex Michaelson first asked whether she liked the regulation approved by the California Air Resources Board to reduce carbon emissions.

“Yeah, I do. I think California really is leaning in,” she replied. “And of course, the federal government has a goal of — the president has announced — by 2030 that half of the vehicles in the U.S., the new ones sold would be electric.”

Michaelson then wondered whether she believed it “could or should be a national model.”

“Could be, could be,” she said. “I know every state is different, and you always have to respect what the states are doing, but I do think that once people — I mean, California has gotten more used to electric vehicles, and we have to bring down the price of electric vehicles so that everybody can access them. And this is why it’s great that there’s a $4,000 tax credit, for example, on used electric vehicles that has just been adopted through the Inflation Reduction Act. So, once they get more acceptable, I think those numbers don’t sound as daunting.”

The interview came as the California Independent System Operator, which oversees the state’s grid, issued warnings in recent days about not charging EVs to conserve energy.

Touching on this point, Michaelson asked her to address Californians’ concerns about the grid.

Advertisement

“Another concern a lot of people have is the grid, and we talked about this earlier this week,” he said. “We had the situation this week where they say, don’t charge your electric vehicles during peak hours, which is kind of scary for people that think, a few years from now, we’re going to have all electric vehicles out there, what happens then? What do you say to people who feel like we’re just not going to be ready by 2035, that’s not realistic?”

Granholm said 2035 “is a long way away,” but noted “we have to add power to the grid, clean power.”

She continued: “We’ve got to add transmission lines to be able to bring that clean power to places where it’s needed. All of that is happening right now. I mean, all of that, we’re pushing on all of these levers simultaneously to get clean power onto the nation’s electric grid. We have got to double the size of the electric grid in this country, and we’re doing that.”

In the meantime, at least a dozen other states are poised to adopt California's regulations, as many have tied their environmental policies to what CARB decides. Washington and Massachusetts have already announced they plan to adopt the rule, though other states, like Virginia, are pushing back. 

Join the conversation as a VIP Member

Recommended

Trending on Townhall Videos

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement