This letter was sent by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to Governor Newsom regarding his executive order (EO) banning the sale of internal combustion engine (ICE) passenger vehicles in 2035. Wheeler cites specific examples of California’s failures in the energy sector, including a wastewater treatment plant leaking into the Oakland Estuary and an emissions waiver request in order to maintain power throughout the state.

Clearly, California cannot meet current power needs and will not be able to meet the required energy production if the state were to switch to electric vehicles en masse. Wheeler goes further to criticize Governor Newsom picking winners and losers in a potentially illegal executive order.

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