Tuesday, Republican Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin went on Tucker Carlson Tonight to discuss Virginia’s bizarre state legislation linking the Commonwealth’s gas-powered car policies to those of the California government.
According to Youngkin, Democrats quietly signed legislation under former Governor Ralph Northam that forces the state to match California’s radical plan to phase out gas-powered vehicles.
Now, after far-left California Governor Gavin Newsom officially announced the state’s gas-powered car ban by 2035, Youngkin and Virginians alike are caught off guard – and vowing to stop Virginia from becoming California.
Watch Youngkin discuss the radical – and overzealous – electric vehicle plan plaguing the future of both states:
Axios provides more details on Virginia’s “backdoor gas car ban:”
What’s happening: State lawmakers passed a law in 2021 aligning Virginia’s emissions standards with California’s as part of a clean-energy push.
- That alignment extends to California’s new zero-emissions vehicle standards, lawyers with the attorney general’s office and General Assembly have concluded, per documents obtained by the Mercury.
Context: As of July 1, there were just under 40,000 electric vehicles registered in Virginia, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
- That’s less than 0.5% of the 8.4 million vehicles with Virginia tags.
What’s next: California’s new standards still have to be approved by the EPA.
- And it remains to be seen whether the General Assembly will continue to think binding the state’s emissions standards to California’s is a good idea.
What they’re saying: “I am already at work to prevent this ridiculous edict from being forced on Virginians,” Gov. Glenn Youngkin said in a tweet.
💭 Our thought bubble: It’s hard to imagine Republicans in the House won’t push hard to reverse course when lawmakers return to town in January.
- And it’s easy to imagine at least one or two of the more moderate Democrats in the Senate siding with them.