Gov. Newsom Signs Executive Order Phasing Out Sale Of Gas Powered Passenger Vehicles By 2035

September 24, 2020 22:00 pm · 89 comments

Citing the threat of vehicle emissions spurring climate change-induced crises on the West Coast, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday phasing out the sale of gasoline-powered passenger vehicles by 2035.

The order would require all new cars and passenger trucks sold in the state after 2035 to be zero-emission vehicles, with the goal of reducing and, ultimately, eliminating the state’s reliance on fossil fuels.

The order would reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 35 percent, according to Newsom’s office. Roughly 50 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions come from vehicle transportation alone.

The California Air Resources Board will also develop regulations that would mandate the use of zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles by 2045.

Newsom argued that recent heat waves and subsequent wildfires that have burned millions of acres across the West Coast required the state to accelerate its efforts to combat climate change.

“Of all the simultaneous crises that we face as a state and, I would argue, as a nation … none is more impactful, none is more forceful than the issue of the climate crisis,” Newsom said.

The order, Newsom argued, would also help vehicle manufacturers in the state stay competitive and innovative in the global market.

Newsom lauded manufacturers like Ford, Volvo, BMW and Honda for signing agreements with the state to make vehicles that align with the state’s emission standards rather than the more lenient fuel economy standards approved by the Trump administration.

“They get it. There are some automobile manufacturers that don’t,” he said. “They’ve been pushing back against California’s leadership in the past and they’re on the wrong side of history.”

Environmentalists have accused Newsom of failing to follow his own rhetoric of the importance of combating climate change by approving permits for oil drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

Newsom said he does not have the authority to formally ban fracking, punting the issue to the state Legislature and committing to working with state lawmakers in the 2021 legislative session on a formal statewide fracking phase-out by 2024.

“I want to put fracking in perspective: it’s less than 2 percent of the (oil) production in the state of California,” Newsom said. “It is substantive but it also is symbolic.”

California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols suggested vehicle manufacturers are in “an arms race” to improve their electric vehicle technology while simultaneously making them attainable for lower-income residents.

“It’s an electric race to get cheaper and more effective batteries and it’s one that manufacturers around the world are competing in because that’s the prize, the zero-emission vehicle that’s affordable by everybody,” Nichols said.

Newsom said he couldn’t identify another state with more ambitious climate goals than California, citing the state’s plan to make its economy entire carbon-free by 2045.

“We have to deliver more than platitudes,” he said. “We have to deliver more than proposals and promises well into the future. We’ve got to deliver in the application of our ideals.”

...---... September 24, 2020 at 4:04 PM

I can’t wait to retire and get out of this state.

Specksynder September 25, 2020 at 9:10 AM


Snappy97 September 25, 2020 at 4:41 PM


Googlar September 24, 2020 at 4:04 PM

He should sign an executive order to phase out forest fires.

Noj September 24, 2020 at 4:11 PM

See what happens when you vote the way you do?

Ash September 25, 2020 at 2:48 PM


do you have solar power? because pg&e can’t reliably power your home or charge your car.

Noj September 25, 2020 at 3:20 PM

Mike thinks great things are happening. Mike doesn’t pay attention to the collapsing world around him. Guess who Mike votes for?

The Observer September 24, 2020 at 4:17 PM

Newsom, much like Trump and our county health officers, seems determined to rule by decree. Why do we have a full-time legislature??

Cyn September 24, 2020 at 5:51 PM

@The Observer
You’re not too observant if for one second you think Newsom and Trump are alike, and you surely do not live up to your moniker.

Cat'sMeow September 24, 2020 at 4:24 PM

Was waiting for this.
Scum has been breathing in too many fumes from putting his head blank blank blank’s blank.
Karma where are you?????

Ash September 24, 2020 at 4:25 PM

so the first hot day in 2035 when everyone plugs in their cars and turns on their a/c, the grid will fail like it has too many times this year alone.

these idiots never see the big picture.

increasing demand – electric cars, more and more homes
decreasing capacity – evil nuclear, gas, etc plants
politicians who can’t do basic math

welcome to the third world!


LeftCaliforniaLongAgo September 24, 2020 at 5:14 PM

Electric vehicles in California, leaving behind radioactive mine tailings in Communist China, from the extraction of rare earth elements. Vehicles powered by chopped wing of eagle and eye of incinerated sparrow and electricity from clean burning coal and liberated neutrons in other states. Rather than destabilize the rest of the North American power grid, simply shut the lines going into California.

Chicken Little September 24, 2020 at 4:27 PM

He’s awfully arrogant to think he’s going to have any say in anything come 2035.

Dawg September 24, 2020 at 4:29 PM

Will the electric vehicles come equipped with virtual surround sound that simulates a V8 with headers and dual exhaust? I like to hear the sound of my engine. Maybe it can be an option.

Shoulda Coulda September 24, 2020 at 6:13 PM


They already make those sound devices.
You can make your Tesla sound like a
Shelby V8.

Rolaids September 25, 2020 at 5:46 AM

LOL! Boomers are still putting playing cards in their spokes so their ride goes, “vroom! vroom!”. Only now they must overcome their bursitis to crawl into their $100K Tesla and crank the stereo. I think I’ve gotten my fill of the sound of internal combustion for this lifetime. In fact, you can never NOT here it around here. If I live long enough, I might rig up my future electric vehicle to sound like the nicker of a Clydesdale, or a Grumman F6F Hellcat if I’m feeling frisky.

FPN September 25, 2020 at 12:56 PM

Hopefully you can listen to the send of your engine in your own home.

Singledout September 24, 2020 at 4:33 PM

I’ll just buy my vehicle out of state when that time comes if I still wanna new gas powered one.
Newscum…what a maroon..

Dawg September 24, 2020 at 10:29 PM

It’s not that simple, the car will have to meet California emissions standards in order to have it registered.

Singledout September 25, 2020 at 12:23 AM

So Ca will ban any out of state gasoline powered vehicle coming in to Ca? Haha never happen.
Can tried that with us when we bought a vehicle out of state saying we had to pay extra taxes on it to register it, we fought it in court and won. We also fought having to retrofit different engine components as well as it was a new vehicle and won that as well. Ca thinks they can pass all these laws and that’s it can’t be got around well yes they can and will continue to do so.

parent September 25, 2020 at 7:02 AM

@ Dawg
easy … get a PO box in Nevada or Washington and register the car there. CHP does not look at out of state plates, even though if you are here over 30 days you are supposed to register it in CA. The only way you would get in trouble is if your neighbor turned you in ….

I considered this for a vehicle I had to skirt the CARB requirements. I know it can be done.

Fred P. September 25, 2020 at 7:49 AM

Guess there’s gonna be a lot of people buying and registering their cars to P.O. Boxes out of state….

Me September 25, 2020 at 12:23 PM


That is not true. If you buy in CA, it has to be electric. You can buy out of state. Bring it into CA WITHOUT it having any restrictions. You can even get it registered in CA without issues. 90% of vehicles out there no matter the state already meet the standards.

Cat'sMeow September 24, 2020 at 4:34 PM

Met Scum at several SF galas back in the day.
He stood side by side with willie b.
They both glistened of grease even under the low lighting. There was a definite air of revolting repugnance about them.
I felt dirty standing near them. I moved away quickly. Took a shower as soon as I got home. I see nothing has changed.

Snappy97 September 25, 2020 at 5:23 PM

I met him 2004- I concur.

Original G September 24, 2020 at 4:42 PM
Ash September 24, 2020 at 6:02 PM

i pray everyone signs up!

and that he and his cronies don’t block it…

jjshawk September 25, 2020 at 11:56 PM

I signed the recall petition over a week ago, before knowing of Newsom’s executive order, and now I feel even better about the cause.

Stealthy Mama September 24, 2020 at 4:43 PM

Governor Greasy Head Newsom should sign an executive order to phase himself out. Period.

Hmmmm September 24, 2020 at 5:06 PM

Think about it. It’s a genius move to get all of the poor people to leave.
Oh, your 2019 BMW X5 died and you can’t afford a new Muskmobile? Sorry. Go prop up your tent in the shantytown of walnut creek or leave California. Or better yet, do like everyone else does and work from home! Oh, you’re non-essential? Give us your keys- Move along…


Kirkwood September 24, 2020 at 5:31 PM

This applies only to new cars. There will still be plenty of used cars, plus many more already in service. Perhaps by then there will enough nonstop range available. When traveling between states I don’t like to stop so gas and bladder are are my only range limiters. I typically drive 600+ miles a day.
Actually I wouldn’t mind an electric vehicle if it met my needs. I had a friend with a Model S that I drove and I loved it.

Gittyup September 24, 2020 at 9:00 PM

Because all those used up batteries are so much better for the environment.

Dr. Jellyfinger September 25, 2020 at 7:52 AM

Lithium Batteries’ Dirty Secret:
Manufacturing Them Leaves Massive Carbon Footprint.

Once in operation, electric cars reduce your carbon footprint, but making the lithium-ion batteries emits 74% more CO2 than conventional cars do & poisons the land & water around the mining operations.

So, to all you environmental geniuses out there… Thanks for nothing.

Sign from Above September 25, 2020 at 10:29 AM

Right. Everyone go out and buy your new car the year before this ridiculous law goes into affect!

Cat'sMeow September 24, 2020 at 5:57 PM

As I recall, Trump had to undergo a/several medical exams in order to become president. Are governors and district attorneys required to do the same and would that not mean they are required to be drug tested?

America September 24, 2020 at 6:02 PM

He can’t do this. He is unreal. One of the worst governors. There is a commerce clause . It does not allow states to pass laws that will stop the flow of commerce between states. This is all part of that new green deal bs the dems are trying to push through.

Pete September 26, 2020 at 12:45 AM

“Commerce clause”. This is what I was thinking too. I am not a lawyer and I do not play one one tv. 😉

The Fearless Spectator September 24, 2020 at 6:33 PM

He’s an idiot. Still beating on his chest about California leading this and that. The rest of the country sees California as completely detached from reality. Or as my Grandfather would say, “Off it’s stick”.

Soon, the far left will turn on him, just like they have in Oregon and Washington. Then, it will be back to milking the Plumpjack franchise, and maybe we can get back to managing the state for working people. You know, the ones who pay taxes…..

The Professor September 25, 2020 at 8:32 AM

California also leads in:
Tax rates.
Gasoline prices.
Acreage burned.
The number of homeless.
State debt.

Feel free to add some of your own observations!

Sign from Above September 25, 2020 at 10:32 AM

@ Professor

Don’t forget the number of times the Governor has blatantly gone against the will of the voting public!

larry September 24, 2020 at 6:47 PM

Typical move by this jack ass, totally ignore our current problems and create new ones.

Commonsensenor September 24, 2020 at 7:28 PM

He can say whatever he wants. His masters will make the real decisions.

Babylon Bee September 24, 2020 at 8:42 PM

State With No Electricity Orders Everyone To Drive Cars That Run On Electricity

Ash September 25, 2020 at 5:05 AM


Well Said!

Gittyup September 24, 2020 at 8:57 PM

It’s pretty obvious Newsom completely fried his brain on cocaine while he was Mayor of San Francisco which would explain just about everything he’s done since taking office. All of it will have to be reversed when he’s recalled.

Ash September 25, 2020 at 7:52 AM


I pray you are correct 🙂


Larry September 24, 2020 at 10:53 PM

He is Virtue Signaling….It feels good to libs. Nothing more. He won’t be here in 2035 to enforce his executive order.

Fred P. September 25, 2020 at 7:17 AM

Newscum’s replacement will hopefully rescind that “order”.

The only other power source will be the big batteries connected to the grid – but you still have the environmental problems and the lack of base generation to keep them charged.

He’s just making a mark, knowing that he’ll be out of office soon; but the liberals will praise him for doing “something.”


Oilcanman September 25, 2020 at 4:36 AM

The infrastructure for electric cars is estimated to cost somewhere between 300-600 billion & by 2035 that number will have sky rocketed like the glorious Train to NoWhere! Further, car bodies, cell phones, laptop, desktop computers, etc… are all made from petroleum based products. Yea, I don’t see this happening. It’ll be tied up in courts for a long time & Newsom will be long gone by then.

Same September 25, 2020 at 6:57 AM

Strange that poor people aren’t more alarmed. This guy has pretty much declared war on them.

Cellophane September 25, 2020 at 6:58 AM

Since when are electric cars good for the environment?

There’s not enough electricity now, how will the supply be increased to meet the demand?

How will taxes change to meet the needs of road maintenance?

How will the batteries be recycled?

What will happen to the oil and gas industries when there’s no need for gas?

How about Hydrogen as the alternative fuel?

How about looking into the consequences before dictating edicts?

Ash September 25, 2020 at 11:07 AM
Leeland September 25, 2020 at 2:06 PM

Road maintenance???
What is that?

idiots everywhere September 25, 2020 at 7:04 AM

Executive Order? Where is the vote. Make our reps take a stand. Didn’t realize I moved to Russia where Putin decides all.

Chuq September 25, 2020 at 11:27 AM

We voted him in. He received 62% of the vote. Aren’t Republicans fond of saying “elections matter?”

Fred P. September 25, 2020 at 12:28 PM

Sounds like 2/3 of the state are certifiable idiots….

chuckie the troll September 25, 2020 at 7:19 AM

I had plenty of motivation to look for a new state to live in prior to this announcement. We are on another reconnaissance mission looking for some place that is not suffering under the throes of communism and corona-mania. Can anyone else imagine the cluster fk that will ensue when rolling blackouts and hot weather combine with traffic literally grinding to a halt? There will be no way to escape!

Rob September 25, 2020 at 9:26 AM

The entire Deep South should be your mecca 🙂

The Larr September 25, 2020 at 7:34 AM

All you folks commenting that he’s stupid don’t have it figured out yet.

When the state takes over PG&E, and the will because they have allowed them to get sued out of existence by ambulance chasers. The state will have a monthly tax source tapped right into your bank account. You see, right now they are in business with the gas companies. So they tax per gallon. Their revenue stream is close to $1.26 per gallon. But when they supply ALL your electricity, they will get much more than that. Think of living without electricity nowadays. And you won’t be able to sue them because their overhead line system is archaic and starts fires. What about their incompetence you say? No problem, just pass on the cost to the consumer….

No they are quite smart. I bet there is a special room where they have an army of government financial guys working on these policies…

Regular or Premium September 25, 2020 at 7:47 AM

Electric vehicle batteries typically must be replaced every 7 to 10 years for compact vehicles and 3 to 4 years for trucks, buses etc. These batteries contain toxic chemicals that should not be placed into landfills, they need to be either recycled, which involves an intensive manufacturing process, or repurposed for other uses.

California can’t even power what they have now. I’m sure California will tax gasoline so high by the year 2035 that most people won’t be able to afford to fill their tank. We’re paying over 50 cents per gallon on taxes now in California.

BRIAN SMITH September 25, 2020 at 7:59 AM

Not enough power in the state, now you add charging electric cars into the mix, end result, dim bulb, Governor style

Ash September 25, 2020 at 11:06 AM


The Wizard September 25, 2020 at 8:03 AM

Recall this Bum !

Chuq September 25, 2020 at 8:04 AM

Good. What’s everyone else’s better plan to reduce emissions?

Cyn September 25, 2020 at 9:37 AM

You are such a troll.

wesley mouch September 25, 2020 at 9:47 AM

Can you remember the days of September in 1966 or seven?
The skies were quite hazy, with smog alerts daily, and the cars were smoking while driven.

Now, you have cars that seemingly clean the air when driven, with clean air, when the overgrown forests aren’t self-managing.

While natural gas burns quite cleanly when generating electricity, or spinning any number of turbines, steam from a NUCLEAR reactor would make zero emissions as it spins turbines and would even make electricity at night, while the mandated electric cars charge up. It’s theoretical, as it’s cost prohibitive at this time.

Every one else has spoken.

Chuq September 25, 2020 at 11:25 AM

1. No, I’m nota troll, I just share my opinions on the site the same as everyone else.

2. Nuclear has its own set of pros and cons but I don’t think you are advocating for nuclear powered cars. I could be wrong there. We have reduced emissions since the 1960s as you point out and this will further reduce them.

Fred P. September 25, 2020 at 12:34 PM

You forgot the total emissions associated with mining and recycling of the lithium and other toxic metals. It’s not just about exhaust gases, sonny.

You still haven’t answered the question about how/if other states are going to install chargers everywhere because of California’s idiot politicians; until you have a firm grasp of battery technology, you’re just blowing liberal smoke.

Educate yourself on the facts before tossing out opinions.

DD September 25, 2020 at 8:28 AM

And the electricity to charge said vehicles is produced how?
From Rainbows and Unicorns?

ClayDen September 25, 2020 at 10:33 AM

I thought it was from pixie dust.

Ash September 25, 2020 at 11:05 AM


ask Rob below, he seems to have all the answers…

Rob September 25, 2020 at 9:25 AM

By 2035 few people will still want to deal with the issues and costs associated with internal combustion engines.

Electric cars are evolving quickly and as costs are decreased – we will in the near future have EV’s at all price points.

Given they have very little maintenance which means saving time and money and as older people die out and younger people move into this market – we’ll a massive increase in EV’s.

Cyn September 25, 2020 at 9:57 AM

And what do you consider a few people, Rob? 50 million? Newsom’s Order doesn’t mean crap.

ilovepopcorn September 25, 2020 at 10:24 AM

Rob! Are you the Rob I know? Anyway you are 100 percent correct! Yea.

The Fearless Spectator September 25, 2020 at 11:24 AM

There are EVs in all price points now; they just have to work on range issues. Their are other large issues (1) environmentally safe battery recycling (2) EVs are still riddled with parts that require petroleum to manufacture and (3) electric grids are still mostly fired by coal. Technology will really have to improve for this to be an impactful transportation solution.

Willy September 25, 2020 at 10:33 AM

how about we ban private jets and gas or diesel powered personal yachts by 2025.I bet the tractors on his winery are electeric also.

Strad September 25, 2020 at 11:10 AM

It looks like they will be taxing by the miles driven in the future to make up for reduced gas tax revenues. There will be no savings when we are driving EVs.

Fred P. September 25, 2020 at 12:35 PM

Good point!

Law Abiding Citizen September 25, 2020 at 2:41 PM

They’ll be double dipping as usual. People will still have to buy gasoline to power generators to charge their electric cars after the power grid fails.

They’ll probably also implement a tax for “low miles driven” when you don’t drive enough.

Chicken Little September 26, 2020 at 10:01 AM

@Law Abiding Citizen,
Newson will issue another EO that all generators need to be electric-powered, starting in 2034.

To Do List September 25, 2020 at 12:09 PM

In other news, “China has 121 gigawatts of coal plants under construction” as reported in Wired, November 2019.

Ash September 25, 2020 at 1:02 PM

how you going to charge it when the grid goes down like it does far too often out here?

Natalie September 25, 2020 at 1:58 PM

States have the power to ban items, provided they can show it’s in the best interest of a state to do so, and as long as a ban isn’t discriminatory for the purpose of gaining competitive advantage over other states. California would not be restricting interstate commerce, because manufacturers and dealers of non-gas powered vehicles from other states will be able to sell those non-gas vehicles in California.

Massachusetts doesn’t allow the sales of flavored tobacco products. Many states have lists of plants or live animals that cannot be sold in their respective state lines, because they might be invasive. Virginia bans the sale of radar detectors. There are states that ban the sales of certain types of guns and ammunition.

As for battery manufacturing, new developments are making batteries cleaner and safer to produce, and easier to recycle. The types of batteries we have now are are not going to the same as the batteries 15 years from now.

In the time between now and 2035, if this ban is determined not to be the ecologically best option, then it can always be challenged in court, if scientific evidence proves this ban is not the best environmental strategy.

The Fearless Spectator September 25, 2020 at 6:38 PM

October 21st at 9:00am Governor Newsom is due in court for unlawful executive order. The Governor has continues to legislate by fiat without public input and without the deliberative process provided by legislature. The goal is to prohibit Newsom from exercising any further legislative powers in violation of the California Constitution specifically for unilaterally amending, altering, or changing existing statutory law or making new statutory law.
In layman’s terms, they are going to pull the Fuhrer’s teeth.

Truth September 25, 2020 at 2:41 PM

Can’t wait to trip over all the charging cable strewn across sidewalks on my morning walks. Any car you see parked along the street is going to need a serious extension cord…..can’t wait for the mess of cables everywhere. Also, how much will 2-5 car charges cost installed and what will that do to the old pg&e bill?

anon September 26, 2020 at 2:57 AM

Most electric cars easily cover the daily commute range already. People don’t necessarily need to charge at their destination. The real issue is cost, a Nissan Leaf isn’t objectively much better (space, safety, prestige) than a stripper Toyota Yaris despite the leaf being all electric, but is almost twice the cost.

anon September 26, 2020 at 2:44 AM

I wonder if a Republican in 2034 or whatever will get voted in on repealing this insane order.

I love electric vehicles, have a electric scooter and skateboard, but just slapping a mandate on is ridiculous. Electric cars are very expensive compared to similarly performing gasoline cars, and I doubt many modern electric cars will go the 200-300K or more we are accustomed to from reliable gasoline vehicles.

Tired September 26, 2020 at 7:20 AM

Just think about how much an electric car will cost in 2035. Not to mention a charging station that you will need for your home right now that costs around 4 grand or more. Also, older homes will need to have an electrical box upgrade. We also pay a-lot for electricity so to combat that everyone will have to buy solar. Just think about of the people working for Gas companies will be out of a job. Sounds like Newscum has his hand in a very lucrative deal for the future. I can see MADMAX in the near future.

larry September 26, 2020 at 7:27 AM

What do you mean by “we” Chuq, I was smart enough to vote for Cox.

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