Andrew Wheeler, the EPA Administrator has ridiculed the recently announced ban on new gas vehicles in California, due to come into force in 2035. In a letter sent to Governor Gavin Newsom he questioned how the CA grid could cope with the increased strain:
California’s record of rolling blackouts—unprecedented in size and scope—coupled with recent requests to neighboring states for power begs the question of how you expect to run an electric car fleet that will come with significant increases in electricity demand, when you can’t even keep the lights on todayAndrew Wheeler, EPA Administrator
My Wheeler also claimed that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will not be able to introduce the legislation without federal approval. Unsurprisingly, the press office of the Governor was quick to fight back:
“While the Trump Administration tries to drive this country off a climate cliff, California is once again assuming the mantle of leadership in the fight against climate change,” said Jesse Melgar, Mr. Newsom’s press secretary. “We aren’t going to back down from protecting our kids’ health and the air they breathe.”
With battle lines drawn, we’ll wait and see who prevails.