California Wants to Ban the Internal Combustion Engine

Engine CarCalifornia’s relentless crusade against emissions effectively camouflages its voracious need for revenues.

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AB32, the original landmark bill was signed into law in 2006 when California contributed one percent to the world’s greenhouse gases. While the cap and trade program has been a cost effective method of reducing CA’s greenhouse gas emissions, the program does next to nothing to reducing global emissions. A decade later, in 2016, the California Energy Commission said we still contributed a minuscule one percent to the world’s greenhouse gases, but it has successfully extracted more than $7 billion dollars of revenue from our citizens to fund a multitude of governmental pet projects.

California’s elected officials must be in La La Land when they state that California’s economy is thriving in large part because of its emphasis on enacting sweeping environmental legislation. California’s economy, like the rest of the nation, has been booming ever since the recession, but California is ranking up where the state is not proud of. The California go-it-alone crusade to reduce emissions regressively impacts consumers.  Today the California energy portfolio, the environment, and climate change are always discussed together. Here’s what’s really up – energy costs, poverty, homelessness, welfare and unfunded pension liabilities.

  • California taxes and cost of living are higher than most other states.
  • California’s energy costs are as much as 50 percent higher than the national average.
  • Nearly 20 percent of California’s 38 million residents live below the poverty line.
  • California has more than 33 percent of the nation’s welfare recipients.
  • California is home to 12 percent of the nation’s population, but startlingly 22 percent of the nation’s homeless population.
  • Roughly 1.5 million households pay more than 50 percent of their income toward rent.
  • Unfunded pension liabilities.

Now compounding these problems is a bill currently under consideration in the Legislature, Assembly Bill 1745, that would outlaw the sale and registration of new light-duty vehicles powered by internal combustion engines beginning in 2040. The unintended consequence for those existing internal combustion engines after 2040 would be that people would drive their internal combustion engines for 50 years, like they did in Cuba, and adversely affect air pollution, and not take advantage of technology improvements. The sheer scope of the proposed mandate is staggering. According to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, of the 35 million registered vehicles in CA there are over 26 million passenger vehicles registered in California. Of these, only about three percent are personal electric vehicles.  Limiting the types of new cars Californians could buy would disproportionately punish working families already struggling to make ends meet.

It appears that governments, worldwide, in pursuit of the current EV crusade, may be overlooking the fact that an essential ingredient that lithium-ion batteries are dependent on is cobalt which is already in limited supply worldwide to manufacture IPhones, IPads, and car batteries. Without the element’s energy density, batteries without cobalt tend to perform worse.  Currently about a quarter of global production of cobalt winds up in smartphones. In the expected event that cobalt supply does not meet the EV needs in the decades ahead, the impact on the local and international economies could be devastating. Environmentally, it’s also harder to recycle lithium-ion batteries with cobalt than lead-acid batteries used in gasoline powered vehicles.

Finally, AB1745 fails the cost-benefit test. California accounts for less than one percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, so even if every gasoline-powered car in our state were taken off the road tomorrow there would be zero impact on climate change.

Our elected leaders need to address the very real challenges facing California, rather than touting misguided new policies like AB 1745 that will only make our problems worse.

ounder of PTS Staffing Solutions, a technical staffing agency headquartered in Irvine

This article was originally published by Fox and Hounds Daily


  1. tomsquawk says

    yeah, cobalt-lithium ion! where and how do we get it? bad answer

    • Bogiewheel says

      Much of the worlds supply of cobalt originates from the Congo in Africa. Not a very stable environment for business.

      • tomsquawk says

        Well, yes, and look into the health costs of the mining processes. Tesla will only look as far as the middleman. As for cobalt, which is primarily extracted as a by-product of nickel and copper ores, is mined in large quantities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, China, Russia, Canada and Australia.

  2. Horace Hogsnort says

    Social welfare programs in CA have made it a MAGNET for the poor and homeless. They’ve flocked there from all over the country.

  3. Bogiewheel says

    It does not appear that California’s choice of political agenda is playing
    with a full deck when addressing what is the correct choice using the
    taxpayers money. California has gained little for it’s huff and puff in the pursut of environmental advancement. The truth be told, California has
    squandered so much money for pie-in-the-sky “progressive ideas” just
    to have a “feel good” position of superiority.

  4. ………and we just keep on electing people like Moonbeam, Pelosi, Waters, Newsom, Harris, Boxer, Lieu and Feinstein and wonder why???

  5. We have the legislature we deserve. Most Sacramento legislators see the California citizenry as their personal cash-cows (with perhaps the collective intelligence level of a cow). I think they ought to be allowed to proceed with their pipe-dream to completely bring the California economy to its collective knees. Then they can try to extract more taxes from what used to be the world’s seventh largest economy that they successfully reduced to ZERO.

  6. The stupidity will continue in California until the citizens make a change. If the citizens are too stupid to make the change, they get what they deserve.

  7. What about all the hollyweird libtards with their fancy cars? Whatever will they do? Blame Trump?

  8. askeptic says

    Good! They can start by crushing that brown Plymouth sedan that Moonbeam used to be driven around in (by a CHP officer), preferably with Moonbeam in it.

  9. askeptic says

    If we turn out to be just like Cuba, that’s good, right?

  10. HAHAHA. Best laugh I’ve had all day.

  11. Just separate the coastal Kalifornia area from the rest of the country. That would take care of 90% of the kooks in the US.

  12. Globull Warming and the CO2 scam are HOAXES intended to TAX prosperity and give gooberment more MONEY and CONTROL over daily life…

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