Despite having a Republican governor, Virginia is on track to adopt California’s new restrictions on the sale of gas-powered vehicles.
California Air Resources Board issued the rule and held a final hearing this week that requires all new cars sold after 2035 to be electric. According to the same plan, 35% of the cars sold in the state must be fossil fuel free as soon as 2026.
Virginia will follow California because of a 2021[ads1] law signed by former Gov. Ralph Northam that tied Virginia to the Golden State’s emissions rules.
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“In 2021, Governor Northam and the far-left-controlled General Assembly signed a law that binds Virginia to California’s emissions vehicle regulations, which, among other things, ban the sale of gas-powered cars in Virginia by 2035,” a spokesperson for Virginia. That’s what State Attorney Jason Miyares’ office said in a statement to Fox 5 DC.
The spokesperson added, “The Attorney General hopes that the General Assembly repeals this law and halts any trend that makes Virginia more like California. Unelected California bureaucrats should not dictate the will of Virginians.”
Other states such as Washington and Massachusetts also follow California’s emissions rules.
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The California order fulfills Newsom’s September 2020 executive order that aims to ban new gas and diesel vehicles by 2035.
“The climate crisis is solvable if we focus on the big, bold steps necessary to stem the tide of carbon pollution,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement.