Letter: Governor’s electric car mandate not driven by demand

Dear Editor,

Starting in 2035, Governor Newsom says new cars must be electric. However, if electric vehicles (EVs) are such a good idea, why are there 36,000,000 vehicles in California and only 726,000 EVs? This, after 10 years and $809,000,000 of taxpayer money given to EV purchasers!

You don’t know anyone who has received any of this “free” money? Researchers found that about 60% of taxpayer funded EV rebates went to households making $200,000+ per year! Maybe only the well to do elites can afford the status signaling that goes with EVs.

Californians already choose from 34 EV manufacturers. Why don’t people buy EVs, even when taxpayers pay them to do so? Maybe the technology is unimpressive and expensive. Maybe we simply don’t like them, Teslas excepted. Let carmakers make EVs we want to buy.

How are we going to provide enough electricity for this? Politicians caused utility companies to divert money from maintaining the electrical grid to developing expensive renewable energy. How do you like the resulting rolling blackouts?

If paying higher taxes, so the rich can get free money, is such a good idea, why not let the people decide? Why use an executive action to shut out the voters? Maybe politicians believe they wouldn’t be reelected if they voted for higher taxes.

Mandates don’t build agreement with policy. Stakeholder engagement creates consensus. Perhaps Newsom just doesn’t care what we think.

Don Laursen

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