Washington state to ban most gas-powered vehicles by 2030 with new law

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Washington state just became the first in the nation to sign Green New Deal-influenced legislation into law that bans most new non-electric vehicles by 2030 thanks to Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA).

Inslee signed SB 5974 which sets a goal that “all publicly owned and privately owned passenger and light-duty vehicles of model year 2030 or later that are sold, purchased, or registered in Washington state be electric vehicles.”

An “interagency electric vehicle coordinating council” that was put in place by the new law is empowered to “complete a scoping plan for achieving the 2030 target.”

“Transportation is our state’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. There is no way to talk about climate change without talking about transportation,” Inslee said as he signed the bill, according to NBC News. “This package will move us away from the transportation system our grandparents imagined and towards the transportation system our grandchildren dream of.”


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The bill is referred to as “Clean Cars 2030.” It was put into motion as part of a $17 billion climate agenda called “Move Ahead Washington.” It also contains $5.4 billion for “carbon reduction and multimodal expansion,” $2.4 billion for “fish passage barrier removals,” $836 million for “four new hybrid-electric ferries,” and $150 million for “ultra-high-speed rail.”

“We’re investing in projects from rural to urban areas across our state, letting kids ride free on our buses, ferries, and trains, and so much more — and all without punting the cost to working families,” State Sen. Marko Liias (D) disingenuously claimed. “I’m eager for residents across the state to have more efficient and safer commutes — no matter how they’re traveling.”

It is unclear how Inslee and Democrats expect most families to afford $50,000+ electric vehicles, especially with skyrocketing inflation and horrific prices at the gas pump. AAA is reporting that the national average price of regular gasoline is now $4.225 per gallon, while the price of diesel has hit $5.117.

A whole slew of Democratic governors are now pushing through new climate change legislation in response to higher gas prices, doubling down on pain at the pump. Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) plans to send $400 stimulus checks to California residents for each registered vehicle with a limit of two to ease the pain.

Just as President Joe Biden has done, Newsom is blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin and the invasion of Ukraine for rising energy costs, not the Democrats’ catastrophic economic policies. Gas prices started rising as soon as Biden took office.

“We’re taking immediate action to get money directly into the pockets of Californians who are facing higher gas prices as a direct result of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine,” Newsom proclaimed in a statement. “But this package is also focused on protecting people from volatile gas prices, and advancing clean transportation – providing three months of free public transportation, fast-tracking electric vehicle incentives and charging stations, and new funding for local biking and walking projects.”

Newsom also blocked an effort by Republicans to suspend California’s hefty gas tax because it would allegedly help “petro-dictators and oil companies.”

A letter from the conservative lawmakers noted according to Fox Business, “while market forces are responsible for today’s extreme prices, California’s high taxes represent an added burden, and working Californians simply cannot afford gas prices approaching $6 per gallon.”


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