CA regulators plot end to gas-fueled cars

MIAMI - JULY 11:  Exhaust flows out of the tailpipe of a vehicle at , "Mufflers 4 Less", July 11, 2007 in Miami, Florida. Florida Governor Charlie Crist plans on adopting California's tough car-pollution standards for reducing greenhouse gases under executive orders he plans to sign Friday in Miami.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

California officials have begun a massive effort to eventually eliminate gas-fueled cars from state roads, led by a powerful regulator with Gov. Jerry Brown’s unwavering support.

Legislating the future

Mary Nichols, head of the state’s Air Resources Board for the past eight years, “is pushing regulations today that could by midcentury all but banish the internal combustion engine from California’s famous highways,” as a recent Bloomberg interview revealed.

More than any other single official, her sway has been potent and protracted. In addition to overseeing state emissions policy, “Nichols plays a central role in deciding where Californians get their energy, what fuel goes in their cars and how their homes are built,” the Los Angeles Times observed late last year in a report on her “rock star” influence.

Mary NicholsOn emissions, Nichols’ labors have led up to a key legislative session next month. “September will be the biggest test for the 70-year-old Nichols’ grand plans,” according to Business Insider. “That’s when her mandate of having only zero-emissions on California roads by 2050 will be debated and voted upon by the state Legislature.”

Tough to tougher

A victory for Nichols in Sacramento would dramatically exceed the Golden State’s already substantial auto regulations. “The zero-emissions vehicle program that California has in place at present requires that 2.7 percent of new cars that are purchased within the state in 2015 be free of greenhouse gas emissions,” as noted. “Under current plans, California will gradually increase this figure starting in 2018, so that, by 2025, as many as 22 percent of all new cars sold in the state are required to be emissions free.”

In pushing past those strictures, Nichols has become the chief enforcer of Gov. Brown’s broad environmental vision. Although then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger began her current tenure, it marked a return to the regulatory role Brown had carved out for her turning his first two terms in office. Between stints, “Nichols’ career resembled a grand tour of California’s environmental world,” according to the Times: “Opening the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Los Angeles office, leading the Environment Now foundation, serving as resources secretary for Gov. Gray Davis. In a detour to Washington, she worked in the Environmental Protection Agency under President Clinton.”

It was not difficult for Nichols to pick up where she left off when Brown regained the governorship. In 2013, she made Time’s list of the world’s most influential people. “There’s no daylight between what I think and what Mary thinks on climate change,” Brown told Bloomberg. In April of this year, he issued an executive order mandating, by 2030, a reduction in statewide emissions to a level 40 percent lower than attained in 1990.

More rigorous than the policy of any government in North America, Brown’s framework drew international attention. Largely convinced that even sweeping action at the national or regional level lacks the reach to significantly alter global environmental conditions, climate change activists and sympathetic policymakers have increasingly looked upon Brown’s efforts as a catalyst that could inspire similarly aggressive measures around the world. “There can be no substitute for aggressive national targets to reduce harmful greenhouse emissions,” World Bank president Jim Yong Kim remarked at the time, “but the decision today by Governor Brown to set a 40 percent reduction target for 2030 is an example of climate leadership that others must follow.”

Upcoming negotiations

Beyond what happens in Sacramento this September, auto makers have hunkered down for another round of jockeying with Nichols over next year’s review of zero-emissions vehicle rules — a suite of mandates incorporating credits and incentives “more complicated than a simple numerical quota for electric vehicles,” according to Bloomberg. Automakers, doubtful that demand for all-electric vehicles will match Nichols’ goals, have already pushed for an increase in credits for hybrid vehicles.

Convinced that California’s emissions targets won’t be met until they comply, Nichols told Bloomberg “she can offer expanded preferential access to freeways and parking spaces for ZEVs, along with more charging stations and bonuses for dealers. She mentions another possible concession: a slower acceleration of the ZEV mandate.” Although car companies like Tesla have reason to cheer such developments, for others, Nichols’ persistence augurs another long summer.


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  1. Bruce
    Bruce 11 August, 2015, 06:46

    The beloved legal plunder that take from one and gives to another. Frederic Bastiat warned in his book “The Law” that once governments used the law to take from one and give to another, the path to socialism has begun. I wonder how long it will take for the price of the “non-carbon” cars to finally become affordable to the poor and will electricity be so expensive as to be not affordable? Will even more people leave the state?

    What’s for dinner is by far the most important topic for me.

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    • Sean
      Sean 11 August, 2015, 07:30

      The problem with “taking from one and giving to another” in this case is that electric vehicles are mostly purchased by wealthy people and subsidized by those buying fossil fueled vehicles. Compliance will mean rich people in electrics and poor people take the bus if they live in an urban area. For California’s vast rural areas where distance and population density make buses and electric vehicles impractical, I guess they should just consider themselves cash cows for the sake of the environment. (They don’t need special access to freeways and parking lots anyway.) What amazes me is that 2/3 of California’s population does not even question this nonsense.

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    • stuck in SoCal
      stuck in SoCal 11 August, 2015, 08:55

      Isn’t the stated plan “Agenda 21”, the Depopulation of major areas of California, population density increases, with number decreases, and “Sustainable Lifestyle”?

      The goal is to keep the poor out of automobiles, dependent on the Government for their every movement…Once they chase off retirees and the producers, then the fun starts…

      “…and Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them.” Margaret Thatcher Feb 5, 1976

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  2. Skep41
    Skep41 11 August, 2015, 08:40

    If capital punishment is legalized Murder isnt this legalized Grand Theft Auto? Are these people really this stupid or do they just hate the idea of the middle class having choices and freedom so much that they imagine they can get even the terminally stupid electorate of California to put up with this hogwash while Nevadans and Mexicans tool around happily in their shiny new flivvers. If there is any more solid proof that the Glow-Bull Warming madness is just a leftist power-trip to control everyone’s lives I cant think of what it would be. Why isnt the first step taking away every state-owned gas guzzler…including the one that chauffers around that half-wit governor.

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  3. TRiney
    TRiney 11 August, 2015, 09:21

    And if John Casey is right we are headed into an ice age when we are going to pray that it is a lot warmer.
    His book Dark Winter supported by scientist and researchers all over the world found the energy from the sun controls he temperature on earth. Certainly not man made global warming BS. We had all better get ready for the big freeze. By the way about 200 years this has been documented.
    Ca is a hopeless cause of socialism communism. Electric cars are powered by coal fired power plants. If the coal fired plants are gone as Obummer-Brown want the electric is going to be worthless piece of metal sitting in your driveway. But the payments for it will not stop.

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    • Bruce
      Bruce 11 August, 2015, 10:20

      Here’s what the global warming crowd wants the public to forget including Brown/Obama…
      Seven years ago ABC News warned viewers that New York City will be under water by 2015 due to global warming.

      And the “Liar in Chief” is in bed with the lying media or have I not gotten the news that NYC is submerged. Redistribution of wealth and a lying media in cahoots.

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  4. Queeg
    Queeg 11 August, 2015, 09:47


    You are witness to the end of the suburbs!

    Plutocrats will live in your Dacca’s while the proletariat will exist in rotted out cities like SF, SD and LA.

    Real estate value growth kaput! The action will be in ChIA PETS for greenery in your 400 sq. ft. Inner city communal pad.

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    • Teddy
      Teddy 12 August, 2015, 17:24

      LMAO please Queegster– don’t taunt the Moonies or the Doomers!

      They are doomed—-be kind…..Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  5. bob
    bob 11 August, 2015, 11:23

    This Soviet bureaucrat will economically destroy the state. One can only hope she keels over of a heart attach before that happens.

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  6. bob
    bob 11 August, 2015, 11:26

    And in the meantime Hillary is crossing the country in gas guzzling jets and limos giving us peasants lectures on global warming.

    Hillary Gives Climate Speech, Boards Private Jet That Burns 347 Gallons Per Hour

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  7. John
    John 11 August, 2015, 17:54

    The scientific basis for the state’s entire climate program is not there. Despite the alarmism, CO2 is only a trace gas now at 400 parts per MILLION of the atmosphere – ONE PART IN 2500 or 0.04%. How can that one part have the large effect on the other 2499 parts claimed? The Governor and Ms. Nichols need to be challenged to explain it to the public and will be unable to. The public should then demand an end to these programs. For science questions and illustrations please see:

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    • Bruce
      Bruce 12 August, 2015, 06:37

      Nice informative link posted. Below is a link that discusses CO2 in the past, where higher and lower levels of CO2 existed in cold and warm eras of earth’s history.
      Education is key to our future and discussing thoughts and opinions a must.

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  8. vonborks
    vonborks 11 August, 2015, 20:09

    Jerry and Mary’s combined knowledge of energy, energy conversion and California’s energy requirements are only exceeded by their by knowledge in brain surgery.

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  9. Ronald Stein
    Ronald Stein 11 August, 2015, 21:17

    California’s flagship climate change policy Assembly Bill 32 was signed into law in 2006, at a time when California was contributing a minuscule 1 percent to the world’s greenhouse gases. Nearly a decade later, California still contributes a miniscule 1 percent and has had little to no impact on the reduction of global GHG emissions, but those efforts have raised billions of dollars for the government and dramatically increased the costs for energy and products to all 38 million that live in California.

    The California emissions crusade to date has been an economical disaster for its 38 million citizens and businesses. We now pay more for everything from energy to food and have no improvement in our contributions to the worlds GHG’s.

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  10. Dork
    Dork 12 August, 2015, 06:18

    You guys are all wet on this issue, We need to proudly stand behind this legislation. In fact I don’t think it goes far enough! I propose a Ballot Initiative to bolster this legislation:

    All Persons that can be classified as a “Public Employee” or a “Retired Public Employee” SHALL exclusively use “Public Transportation” to and from their respective workplaces. Any Violation of any kind SHALL be a FELONY, Punishable by a MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCE of Not less than 5 years in State Prison and a 100% Civil Asset Forfeiture.

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    • Bruce
      Bruce 12 August, 2015, 06:49

      Funny, yet true that it would have a tremendous reduction in pollution. How many Ca. agencies do we have, 500+?

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  11. Ted PhD
    Ted PhD 12 August, 2015, 17:25

    LMAO at all the briiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiliant climate scientists out here!

    Amazing that no one is listening!

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    • ricky65
      ricky65 13 August, 2015, 09:50

      Well, apparently you’re listening anyway.
      Actually any of the above posters is certainly as qualified as those esteemed climate scientists such as Jerry Brown, Al Gore, Leo DiCaprio, Bill Nye (the science guy) etc, or any other assorted dufii.
      I’m starting to think the PhD in your moniker stands for ” professional hack Dema-rat.”

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      • Bruce
        Bruce 13 August, 2015, 09:58

        Maybe Ted needs more fact from scientist. NASA had to revise downward their sunspot predictions as the solar hibernation is occurring.

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      • Terry
        Terry 13 August, 2015, 10:09

        Ricky don’t you know that PhD stands for piled higher and deeper.

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        • ricky65
          ricky65 14 August, 2015, 14:11

          Yeah, I’ve heard that one before but decided this lunatic Ted needs his own designation.
          On second thought, maybe ‘Pathetically horribly Deranged’ is more appropriate.

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          • Terry
            Terry 14 August, 2015, 14:26

            I like that too. We have the best brainwashed so called educated people in the world. Less common sense than a wet noodle.

      • Ted E Mind of your Godhead Ted
        Ted E Mind of your Godhead Ted 13 August, 2015, 19:54

        Bwahahaha—lmao— OK little buddy— you’re right! The whole global warming thingy is a hoax!!!!

        All the scientists are wrong— since there is a “doubt”– you must be right!

        LMAO let me catch my breathe

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  12. Bubba
    Bubba 13 August, 2015, 13:37

    Comrades: This is how we make the sheep follow; first we take away their cars, forcing them in government controlled mass transit, then we make it so the mass transit does not go to the area where the masses live, there by forcing them into government controlled “Hi Density” housing, and taking away their individual freedom to live in single family homes!
    Yes Comrades. we do this to please Mother Earth, so all will be clean and pure as the driven snow.
    Then we tax these sheep so that they have no money to resist what the state says is what is best for them!

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  13. desmond
    desmond 14 August, 2015, 09:17

    My uncle has some property on the shores of Lake Superior. He is exploring hiring a stone carver to carve out the heads of Ohama, Brown, and Gore(a Mr Rushmore on a lake), setting up webcams to check it out. The rock can get covered with ice in winter. He says the name would be Mt. Asshole for eternity.

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    • ricky65
      ricky65 14 August, 2015, 14:15

      Throw in Hillary and you would have two pairs. Put them together in twos and they would make a couple of permanent asses of themselves

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  14. desmond
    desmond 14 August, 2015, 17:29

    Carving Hillary’s cheeks would use up a lot of good stone.

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    • ricky65
      ricky65 15 August, 2015, 22:14

      Jeez, Desi I hadn’t thought about that.
      Unless your uncle’s rock is at least the size of El Capitan in Yosemite there is no way we could fit Hillary’s backside on it.

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  15. taxcollector
    taxcollector 16 August, 2015, 22:33

    Its amazing this “plan” has not received more publicity from the media – the problem is the Feds are in to so much of our daily lives that there is little time to cover the more immediate direct impacts to our daily lives.

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  16. Queeg
    Queeg 17 August, 2015, 17:14

    Of course, an out of state/country globalist manufacturer will make a certified compatible energy efficient vehicle for Californians… betcha.

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  17. desmond
    desmond 17 August, 2015, 18:20

    Queeg, With a trunk that looks like Hillary’s butt cheeks?
    Fits ten large suitcases, four wheel drive, check out the ..
    Subaru Crack.

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    • Queeg
      Queeg 17 August, 2015, 19:13


      You’re obsessed with cheeks on old Commissars……

      That’s odd for a young lad!

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  18. Mudd Man
    Mudd Man 19 August, 2015, 08:51

    And what happens if the “pause” ends with a detectable cooling? with a major cooling? The reputation of Science will take a big hit because journalists decided not to listen to contrary voices, and the rocket scientists in Sacramento will be turned out of office and that includes Ms. Nicholas.

    The only reputable polling of involved scientists I’m aware of is the American Meteorological Society’s survey of their professional members (the ones with degrees in subjects like meteorology and atmospheric physics) last year and only half (52%) agreed that one half or more of 20th century warming was anthropogenic.

    Yes, Doran & Zimmerman invited 10,000 earth scientists to take an anonymous web survey and over 3,000 did, but they threw out all but 79 self declared active climate scientists in order to find a 97% agreement… not that CO2 was dangerous, but that temps had risen in the last century and mankind had something to do with it. Then there was activist Naomi Oreskes (with a bachelors in mining geology) who read the entrails of the peer reviewed literature to declare 98% agreed with her.

    This is not going to end well for climate alarmists.

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  19. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 16 October, 2015, 07:37

    Back in the 70’s we were suppost to be having a New Ice Age and Global Cooling now its Global Warming(Kevin Cosner made a stupid movie WATERWORLD ABOUT THIS GLOBAL WARMING POPPYCOCK)it seems the real one way to stop this global warming is to duct tape the mouths of all global warming and back to nature freaks it would realy cut back on the HOT AIR

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