Commonwealth won't become new California

Commonwealth won't become new California

Commonwealth won't become new California

Virginia's conservative leaders are working to cut the state's ties to California's plans to end sales of new gas-powered cars by 2035.

Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom reportedly told California regulators two years ago to adopt a ban on gas-powered cars by 2035 -- one piece of the state's aggressive suite of policies designed to reduce pollution and fight climate change. If the policy works as designed, California figures it will have cut emissions from vehicles in half by 2040.

But as other states are expected to follow, further accelerating the production of zero-emissions vehicles, Governor Glenn Youngkin (R-Virginia) is in favor of "untying Virginia from California's EV rule."

"In an effort to turn Virginia into California, liberal politicians who previously ran our government sold Virginia out by subjecting Virginia drivers to California vehicle laws," Gov. Youngkin recently tweeted. "Now, under that pact, Virginians will be forced to adopt the California law that prohibits the sale of gas and diesel-fueled vehicles. I am already at work to prevent this ridiculous edict from being forced on Virginians. California's out of touch laws have no place in our Commonwealth."

Talking about this on Fox News Channel's "America's Newsroom" program, Attorney General Jason Miyares (R-Virginia) said they are looking at any and all legal options.

"Virginians never had a chance to vote for this," Miyares noted. "They never had a chance to comment on this. It's why unchecked rule is disastrous. You're seeing it in Washington, we had two years of this is in Richmond, and we're still dealing with the consequences of this far-left liberal monopoly of what they imposed on Virginians."

He added that people are "rightly outraged about it."