Newsom’s mandate on electric vehicles comes into play as national policy is set

Simply put, electric cars will happen when the technology makes practical and financial sense.

“Gretchen, stop trying to make ‘Fetch’ happen. It’s not going to happen.”

In so many words, so says veteran journalist and political commentator Brit Hume about the Democrat Party’s ill-conceived dream of universal electric car ownership. And when it comes to placing a square peg in a circular hole, their philosophy is to just keep hammering it until it fits.

Of electric vehicles, Hume referenced a Wall Street Journal op-ed on the matter and tweeted on Sunday, “Their day will come when people want them without mandates and subsidies. But that day is not here and there are good reasons why.”

Under the leadership of Gov. Gavin Newsom, the state of California is diving into shallow waters headfirst. Even Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg expressed surprise at the Golden State’s eagerness, noting they “were trying to go above and beyond what we’re doing at the federal level.”

“I’m really interested (in following) these developments, while we continue to set a national policy that’s the baseline for all of this. We need to move in the direction of electric vehicles,” Buttigieg told Fox 11 recently.

“But we’ve got to make sure that this happens quickly enough to help us beat climate change. We’ve got to make sure it happens affordably enough that’s it not just wealthy people, but (also) low-income people who most need those gas savings if they can afford the EV’s in the first place,” Buttigieg said.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm – another of Biden’s cabinet picks he determined by seemingly throwing a dart at the wall – praised Newsom and the state of California for their dunderheaded optimism.

“I think California is really leaning in,” Granholm said when asked if she supported California’s new initiative. “And, of course, the federal government has a goal of – that the president has announced – by 2030, that half of the vehicles in the U.S., the new ones sold, would be electric.”

However, both Granholm and Buttigieg seem to ignore reality. As the WSJ article puts it, “Electric vehicles will take over the market only if innovation makes them actually better and cheaper than gasoline-powered cars.”

In early September, Newsom called upon the citizens of California to take it easy on the electric grid and warned of rolling blackouts if too many people charge their electric vehicles at the same time or decide to use appliances in the home to cook dinner, citing the phenomenon known as “summer,” which tends to occur at the same time every consecutive year but never ceases to elicit surprise from so-called progressive Democrats.

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