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California Votes To Ban New Gas Vehicles By 2035 In Push For EV-Utopia

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted Thursday on a groundbreaking measure to approve a ban on new vehicle sales with internal combustion engines. It’s a move by the progressive state to combat climate change. By 2035, the state would only allow EVs – electric vehicle sales. 

The plan is heralded as a major acceleration toward EV adoption to tackle what many leftist lawmakers in the state believe the world is rapidly descending into a climate disaster because of increasing carbon emissions:

“It’s ambitious, it’s pioneering, it’s what we must do if we’re going to leave this planet better for future generations,” Lauren Sanchez, senior climate adviser to Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, said Wednesday on a conference call.

California appears to be leading the rest of the US (and possibly the world) in the quest for EV-utopia:

“California will now be the only government in the world that mandates zero-emission vehicles. It is unique,” said Margo Oge, an electric vehicles expert who headed the Environmental Protection Agency’s transportation emissions program under Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. 

CARB’s new rule is expected to require all new vehicles sold in the state by 2035 to be 100% electric. Currently, sales are about 12%. By 2026, the rule would require the state to have at least 35% of new passenger vehicles produce zero emissions and then 68% in 2030.  

“The climate crisis is solvable if we focus on the big, bold steps necessary to stem the tide of carbon pollution,” Newsom said in a statement.

The goal to increase the US’ largest EV market from 12% of all new sales to 100% looks pretty ambitious, considering China controls all the battery-making rare earth metals. Also, global supply chains are being rejiggered in a multi-polar world as US companies pull out of China and shift operations to friendlier countries. 

Autotrader analyst Michelle Krebs told Axios that CARB’s new rule doesn’t sound “realistic” given “there are some hurdles:” 

“Whether or not these requirements are realistic or achievable is directly linked to external factors like inflation, charging and fuel infrastructure, supply chains, labor, critical mineral availability and pricing, and the ongoing semiconductor shortage.

“These are complex, intertwined and global issues well beyond the control of either CARB or the auto industry,” John Bozzella, CEO of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, which represents the major automakers on policy issues, said in a statement.

Another issue is cost — as The Epoch Times explained, only “the top tier of society” can afford new electric vehicles. As The Verge reported

“One of the major barriers to mass adoption of electric vehicles is cost. EVs are just way too expensive, with the average price hitting an all-time high earlier this summer of $66,000. That’s disappointing because the auto industry has always promised that prices would come down as EV battery packs became more efficient to manufacture.

“But even more disappointing is the rate that EV prices are increasing as compared to their gas equivalents. According to a recent analysis by car shopping database iSeeCars, electric car prices saw a year-over-year increase of 54.3 percent while gas-powered cars were up just 10.1 percent.”

And so, what does that mean for the bottom tier of society who can’t afford new, expensive EVs? Well, as Epoch’s John Seiler opined:

The Bottom Tier of car owners will be those who can’t afford new EVs, or even EVs a couple of years old. They will be forced to buy much older EVs at high prices, with mechanical problems that will strain family budgets even more.

Or they will be forced to keep old, gas-powered flivvers running much longer than expected. 

One can only imagine what the power demand situation in the state would look like with millions of new EVs on the road, requiring daily charges — if lawmakers in the state fail to beef up the already fragile grid with clean nuclear power generationto ensure the transition to a low-carbon economy, then the reliance on unreliable solar and wind could derail Newsom’s future EV-utopia. 

This post was originally published at Zero Hedge

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Videos: Climate ‘Protesters’ Thrown Around Like Rag Dolls By Angry French Motorists

And the police aren’t pissing around with them either

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Everyday French people have had it with climate ‘protesters’ sitting in the road and blocking traffic, as the following footage shows.

Just like in Britain, people trying to drive to work are sick and tired of their daily commute being continually disrupted by people in orange vests crowing about the world ending in 800 days and gluing themselves to the road.

Unlike in Britain, where the police give them cups of tea and make sure they’re warm, the cops in France aren’t pissing around:

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The ‘protesters,’ reportedly with the group ‘Derniere Renovation’ which translates as ‘Last renovation’ (what?) have been blocking traffic near Paris and in other French cities.

“The only way that we everyday people have left to put pressure on the government is to literally go and sit on the road,” says Victor, 25.

Who are the everyday people? If you have time to sit in the middle of a highway sulking, it ‘aint you mon cheri.

Victor also “locked” himself to a stage prop at an opera and was instantly booed and hissed at by the audience.

In the video above he “literally” claims such acts are “literally” the only choice now because “literally” everything else has been “literally” ignored by politicians, despite the fact that the insane green agenda has been adopted wholesale by practically every European government.

Those that aren’t sitting in the road are throwing paint all over artworks and sculptures:

As we’ve previously highlighted, the vast majority appear to be trust fund bed wetters with nothing better to do, trying to find a meaning to their lives.

Dozens of museums recently issued a statement condemning the attacks and stating that they are “deeply shaken by their risky endangerment.”

The culprits believe that attention-seeking to propagandize for climate change activism, a cause amplified by virtually every major media outlet, corporation, the entertainment industry, cultural institution, government and academia, is some kind of rebellious, edgy statement.

It isn’t.

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    Canadian Bank Launches Credit Card Linked to Carbon Emissions

    Technocrats move towards carbon allowance credits.

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    A bank in Canada has become the first in the country to launch a credit card that tracks a customer’s carbon emissions, amid concerns that such a scheme could one day be used to restrict purchases.

    In an effort by the credit union to display its commitment to ‘climate action’, Vancity will offer a credit card that links purchases to carbon emissions, allowing customers to compare their monthly carbon footprint to the national average.

    The bank will also advise customers on how to limit their carbon footprint.

    “We know many Vancity members are looking for ways to reduce the impact they have on the environment, particularly when it comes to the emissions that cause climate change,” said Jonathan Fowlie, Vancity’s Chief External Relations Officer.

    “As a member-owned financial cooperative, we believe it is our job to do everything we can to help, especially when it comes to the decisions people make with their money. This tool will equip Vancity Visa credit cardholders with valuable information on their purchases and enable them to connect their daily spending decisions to the change they want to see in the world.”

    According to research carried out by Visa, more than 50% of Canadians are interested in monitoring their carbon footprint.

    As we previously highlighted, back in October, Australia’s Commonwealth Bank (CBA) also announced a similar scheme, giving the customer the option to “pay a fee” to offset their carbon footprint, with the average listed as 1,280 kilograms, a long way from the ‘sustainable’ figure of 200 kilograms.

    Allied with climate lockdowns, technocrats want to exploit hysteria over climate change to increase financial control over individuals.

    Such a proposal was presented in the science journal Nature by four environmental “experts” as a means of reducing global carbon emissions.

    Everyone would be issued with a ‘carbon allowance card’ “that would entail all adults receiving an equal tradable carbon allowance that reduces over time in line with national [carbon] targets.”

    The authors make it clear that the program would be a “national mandatory policy.”

    Carbon units would be “deducted from the personal budget with every payment of transport fuel, home-heating fuels and electricity bills,” and anyone going over the limit would be forced to purchase additional units in the personal carbon market from those with excess to sell.”

    This would naturally only negatively impact poorer people, with the rich able to buy carbon credits in abundance and still enjoy their lavish, environmentally unfriendly opulent lifestyles.

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    The Rampant Narcissism of Climate Change Activists

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    Best-selling author Michael Shellenberger joins me to discuss how elites have weaponized mental illness via climate change fanaticism, creating a new generation of pathological, privileged narcissists.

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