Senator Melendez Responds to Governor Newsom's Executive Order Banning Gas-powered vehicles in 2035

Today, California State Senator Melissa Melendez (R- Lake Elsinore) responded to Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order banning gas-powered vehicles in California by 2035.

“Once again, Governor Newsom is using his unilateral authority to now ban gas-powered cars in California. At a time when the Governor has no answers to help millions of unemployed Californians receive their unemployment benefits. At a time when he can’t keep the lights on in our homes.  At a time when people aren’t driving their cars anyway because the state is still in lockdown.

Californians are interested in solutions to problems, not for the creation of new ones. Governor Newsom can’t hide his poor record on vegetation management that would help solve California’s wildfires. He can’t hide behind California’s third world energy infrastructure by prescribing our state to the pipe dream of 100% renewable energy; and he can’t hide behind the failures of the EDD.

I hope the millions of Californians are paying attention. This government that tells you what to eat, what to drink, where to walk, how to talk and now what to drive. Pretty soon, they will tell us where to live, what to wear, and when to speak. Californians deserve better.”