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California Governor Gavin Newsom bans fuel automotive gross sales till 2035

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

According to Governor Newsom, "we no longer need to drill or extract anything to achieve our economic goals".

Gavin Newsom signs gas-powered car sales ban in California through 2035

BY LARA KORTE SEPTEMBER 23, 2020, 10:32 am

Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on Wednesday that requires all new passenger cars to be zero-emission by 2035. According to the governor, this move would significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and move the state further away from dependence on climate change caused by fossil fuels.

"This is the most powerful step our state can take to combat climate change," Newsom said. “For too many decades we've allowed cars to pollute the air our children and families breathe. You deserve a car that won't give your kids asthma. Our cars shouldn't make forest fires worse – and should create more days with smoky air. Cars shouldn't melt glaciers or raise sea levels, which threatens our cherished beaches and coastlines. "

His announcement follows one of the most catastrophic climate events in California history. The state is still fighting forest fires that have burned a record 3.6 million acres.

Newsom has cited climate change as a major factor for weeks, urging federal officials, including President Donald Trump, to take more aggressive action against clean energy.

Read more: https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article245948120.html

The following is a tweet from Governor Newsom. The announcement starts at 4:45 a.m.

Newsom hopes everyone will follow California's lead, but why would anyone else want to copy California's slow energy disaster? The more engineers among us know, the more California may have noticed that California can barely stop the lights thanks to renewable energy. Less reliable renewable energies will only make this situation worse.

Adding millions of energy hungry electric vehicles, many of which owners want to charge at night, probably wouldn't improve California's unstable renewable power grid.

Governor Newsom said in his interview, "We no longer have to drill or extract anything to achieve our economic goals" (see the Twitter video above).

Every study I've seen of renewable energy suggests that any serious attempt to become 100% renewable would require far more drilling and extractions than a fossil fuel economy, like increasing lithium production by 2,700%. Even carbon-intensive cement production would have to increase significantly – all of these wind turbines and solar panels require cement bases.

The main process of making cement consists of heating limestone or other calcium carbonates to 825 ° C (1517 ° F) to separate the limestone into calcium oxide and CO2. Limestone contains a lot of CO2. Current cement production accounts for 8% of the world's annual CO2 emissions. Cement doesn't last forever. A substantial and permanent increase in global cement production would virtually nullify the CO2 savings from renewable energies.

Between clearing wilderness areas for wind and solar power plants and converting what remains of the state into a giant open pit mine to power the mineral-hungry renewable energy industry, a renewable energy supply would destroy the California environment.

I think there would be a small silver lining to Newsom's push to turn the state of California into a raw material wasteland for renewable energy. The few scraps of forest and wilderness that would survive the urge for renewable energies would no longer pose a major fire hazard.

Of course, it is possible that Governor Newsom is aware (h / t Charles the Moderator).

Governor Newsom is the youngest leader to finally realize that NOW is the time to take drastic, decisive action that will begin sometime in the future when he's comfortably out of office. https://t.co/zVRcuIPv99

– Zack Kanter (@zackkanter) September 23, 2020

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