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Electric vehicle mandate isn’t proving to be practical

When Gov. Gavin Newsom issued his electric vehicle mandate, the deadline was almost 15 years away. It’s now a little more than 11 years down the road. Is there enough time to hit the target? Let’s look at the facts. Newsom’s executive order, which requires “all new cars and passenger ...
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See how California's policy agenda is affecting other states

The Commerce Clause Vs. The California Progressive Agenda

Isn’t it written somewhere that one state can’t enact policies that interfere with commerce between other states? Maybe in the Constitution? Maybe in Article I, Section 8, Clause 3? This passage, known as the Commerce Clause, says that Congress shall have the power “to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and ...
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California Soaked In EVs

As status symbols go, an electric vehicle is a cheap and easy statement  for the well-off in California. There are about 28 EV registrations for every 1,000 residents, says Inside EVs, almost twice as many as the next state, Hawaii, where there are almost 16 per 1,000. But maybe the ...
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Read latest on push for electric car subsidies

Embracing Green Mandates and Giveaways Isn’t Path to Conservative Success

A recent Politico article carried a provocative headline – “How California Republicans learned to buck Trump and love electric vehicles.” The article describes recent moves by legislative Republicans to support more government electric vehicle tax credits and funding for expanding and improving the state’s network of vehicle charging stations. The ...
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Girding For The Cost Of A Grid Upgrade

Demand will be roughly 336,000 gigawatt hours while supply will reach only about 280,000 gigawatt hours without a miracle. But even if somehow supply satisfies demand, the infrastructure that carries electrons is so creaky that there is no guarantee that the power will arrive where it’s needed. A pair of ...
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Read latest about push for electric vehicles

Will Electric Vehicle Push Make Any Difference In Lowering Emissions? Science Says Probably Not.

Let’s first look at indisputable facts. Carbon dioxide level as a portion of our atmosphere is now 425 parts per million (or 0.0425%), as measured at Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, up from 317 PPM in 1960. (About 500 million years ago, CO2 reached 7,000 PPM.) To understand just how ...
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Read about latest government green mandates

The Californization Of Colorado

Should Colorado take the plunge and embrace burdensome green mandates, state residents will soon discover just how damaging the California approach is. Like California, economic growth in Colorado will slow and families – particularly low-income families – will struggle with energy unaffordability. Making these costs even harder to justify, the ...
Business & Economics

Andrew Stuttaford – Electric Cars: Central Planning’s Latest Vehicle

Our podcast this week is a recording of remarks by Andrew Stuttaford, editor of National Review’s Capital Markets. Andrew spoke at a PRI dinner in San Francisco in March on progressives’ efforts to mandate electric vehicles and the problems that lie ahead should they be successful. Before becoming a writer ...
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CAPITAL IDEAS: Hey, Californians, How Do You Like the Governor’s EV Mandate Now?

A poll taken in the fall of 2022 found that 55% of registered California voters favored the state’s zero-emission vehicle mandate, which outlaws the sale of new fossil fuel-burning cars and light trucks beginning in 2035. Only 39% opposed it. While electric vehicles are being shunned in other states, EV ...
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Read the latest about green mandates

Yet Again, Less Power To The People

Does anyone in the California Capitol subscribe to the Washington Post? Maybe someone on the governor’s staff, or an aide to an influential legislator? Because the Post published on March 7 an informative story that should be passed around to every lawmaker in Sacramento. Start with the headline (and a ...
Commentary

Electric vehicle mandate isn’t proving to be practical

When Gov. Gavin Newsom issued his electric vehicle mandate, the deadline was almost 15 years away. It’s now a little more than 11 years down the road. Is there enough time to hit the target? Let’s look at the facts. Newsom’s executive order, which requires “all new cars and passenger ...
Blog

See how California's policy agenda is affecting other states

The Commerce Clause Vs. The California Progressive Agenda

Isn’t it written somewhere that one state can’t enact policies that interfere with commerce between other states? Maybe in the Constitution? Maybe in Article I, Section 8, Clause 3? This passage, known as the Commerce Clause, says that Congress shall have the power “to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and ...
Blog

California Soaked In EVs

As status symbols go, an electric vehicle is a cheap and easy statement  for the well-off in California. There are about 28 EV registrations for every 1,000 residents, says Inside EVs, almost twice as many as the next state, Hawaii, where there are almost 16 per 1,000. But maybe the ...
Blog

Read latest on push for electric car subsidies

Embracing Green Mandates and Giveaways Isn’t Path to Conservative Success

A recent Politico article carried a provocative headline – “How California Republicans learned to buck Trump and love electric vehicles.” The article describes recent moves by legislative Republicans to support more government electric vehicle tax credits and funding for expanding and improving the state’s network of vehicle charging stations. The ...
Blog

Girding For The Cost Of A Grid Upgrade

Demand will be roughly 336,000 gigawatt hours while supply will reach only about 280,000 gigawatt hours without a miracle. But even if somehow supply satisfies demand, the infrastructure that carries electrons is so creaky that there is no guarantee that the power will arrive where it’s needed. A pair of ...
Blog

Read latest about push for electric vehicles

Will Electric Vehicle Push Make Any Difference In Lowering Emissions? Science Says Probably Not.

Let’s first look at indisputable facts. Carbon dioxide level as a portion of our atmosphere is now 425 parts per million (or 0.0425%), as measured at Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, up from 317 PPM in 1960. (About 500 million years ago, CO2 reached 7,000 PPM.) To understand just how ...
Commentary

Read about latest government green mandates

The Californization Of Colorado

Should Colorado take the plunge and embrace burdensome green mandates, state residents will soon discover just how damaging the California approach is. Like California, economic growth in Colorado will slow and families – particularly low-income families – will struggle with energy unaffordability. Making these costs even harder to justify, the ...
Business & Economics

Andrew Stuttaford – Electric Cars: Central Planning’s Latest Vehicle

Our podcast this week is a recording of remarks by Andrew Stuttaford, editor of National Review’s Capital Markets. Andrew spoke at a PRI dinner in San Francisco in March on progressives’ efforts to mandate electric vehicles and the problems that lie ahead should they be successful. Before becoming a writer ...
Blog

CAPITAL IDEAS: Hey, Californians, How Do You Like the Governor’s EV Mandate Now?

A poll taken in the fall of 2022 found that 55% of registered California voters favored the state’s zero-emission vehicle mandate, which outlaws the sale of new fossil fuel-burning cars and light trucks beginning in 2035. Only 39% opposed it. While electric vehicles are being shunned in other states, EV ...
Blog

Read the latest about green mandates

Yet Again, Less Power To The People

Does anyone in the California Capitol subscribe to the Washington Post? Maybe someone on the governor’s staff, or an aide to an influential legislator? Because the Post published on March 7 an informative story that should be passed around to every lawmaker in Sacramento. Start with the headline (and a ...
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