AEA To Newsom: Consumers Should Be in the Driver’s Seat, Not Bureaucrats


Executive order banning gasoline-powered vehicles 
not only a bad idea, but insulting to consumers


WASHINGTON DC (September 23, 2020) –Thomas Pyle, President of the American Energy Alliance (AEA), issued the following statement in response to the executive order signed by California Governor Gavin Newsom that directs the California Air Resources Board to ban new gasoline-fueled vehicles and that all new cars and passenger trucks sold in California be zero-emission vehicles by 2035.

“Governor Newsom’s announcement today asks a question virtually everyone already knows. Who should decide what kinds of cars Californians should buy? Should bureaucrats in Sacramento make those decisions, or should consumers and families make the decisions for themselves?

“Right now, 97% of Americans decide to buy a car with an engine powered by gasoline. They make that decision for all kinds of reasons, including safety, size, range, comfort, and, in many instances, because an electric vehicle is too expensive.

“The Governor knows that today’s engines are cleaner, more efficient, and more powerful. He also knows that there is no such thing as an environmentally perfect vehicle. This is not only a bad idea, and a bad deal for the state of California, it’s insulting to consumers and families.”


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