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2025 standards, and to remain fixed on electric-powered vehicles as their solution to achieving the standards. The impact of these standards, according to the
release, "will be felt far beyond California because 12 other states also have
adopted California's standards, collectively protecting 113 million U.S. residents
from dangerous pollution." (The emphasis on the words dangerous pollution is
The press release makes it clear that this action is being taken specifically in
spite of President Donald Trump's decision to reopen federal clean car standards, which CARB claims, is "the first step to weakening them."
The NRDC alert also connects CARB's actions to New York state's new DRIVE
CLEAN rebates program that was announced two days ago (Wednesday). The
New York program is also centered around battery-electric and plug-in hybrid
electric vehicles in order to create the "clean" in DRIVE CLEAN.
Now, all of this would be fine if enough electric vehicles could be put on the
roads by the goal dates to protect us from the dangerous pollution caused by
gasoline and petroleum diesel, and if the entire effort wasn't just a scam by state
governments to suck penalty fees from auto manufacturers and consumers.
You see, this is the bottom line to CARB's bottom line: Five years ago, CARB
approved a package of new emissions rules that they claimed will save drivers
money, create jobs, and cut smog and greenhouse gases under what they labeled “The Advanced Clean Car Program.”
At that time, we published a response to CARB that I had sent to as many
members of their board as I could. I pointed out then, what I still state now, that
the electric and electric-hybrid vehicles they are counting on will not be sufficient
to meet reduced pollution goals. Nothing has changed in either the technology
used or in consumer interest in buying these vehicles that will result in any
meaningful reduction in dangerous pollution. In fact, because ownership of onroad gasoline and petroleum diesel vehicles will continue to increase between
now and 2025, there will be more, not less total dangerous pollution.
You can read how I laid this all out by clicking: Latest CARB Rules Screw Californians Yet Again.
What I also laid out was the inevitable results in not reducing harmful emissions
and getting enough new "approved" vehicles on the road. Those results are