FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2020
Contact: Alessandra Magnasco, CFCA, Governmental Affairs & Regulatory Director
Telephone: (916) 646-5999
Fuel Providers and Retailers Respond to Gov. Newsom's Executive Order Banning the Sale of Gas Powered Cars
Sacramento, CA – In response to Governor Gavin Newsom issuing an Executive Order today, banning the sale of gas powered cars by 2035, the California Fuels & Convenience Alliance (CFCA) issued the following statement:“Today's decision by Governor Gavin Newsom to unilaterally enact a policy as significant as this is both troubling and a cause of great distress for millions of Californians."This order not only represents an egregious transgression of the legislative process, but also an outright disregard for the millions of Californians struggling to just get by in today's most taxing of circumstances.
"As Californians continue to be barraged by an endless wave of public service announcements urging stark energy conservation for fear of rolling blackouts, the timing for announcing the greatest additional stress to our grid in history could not be worse.
"Simply put, our power grid does not have the capacity to bear the weight of carrying one of the largest personal transportation sectors in the world. California already cannot meet its own energy demand without widespread EV adoption.
"Most importantly, electric vehicles leave behind California's most vulnerable populations. Even with hundreds of millions of dollars in state and federal subsidies, even the cheapest of EV's remain firmly out of reach for many working class Californians. Moreover, EV's become an even greater burden for renters and those living in apartments or multiple family housing, where access to sufficient home charging is simply not possible.
"California's transportation industries continue to make strides in greener and environmentally responsible solutions from renewable fuels, to vehicles with unfathomable efficiency, and this order is a blatant affront to these great advancements. The path to a greener tomorrow cannot be a one-size-fits-all 'solution' forced down by a one-party regime."
CFCA is the industry's statewide trade association representing the needs of small and minority wholesale and retail marketers of gasoline, diesel, lubricating oils, motor fuels products, and alternative fuels, including but not limited to, hydrogen, compressed natural gas, ethanol, renewable and biodiesel, and electric charging stations; transporters of those products; and retail convenience store operators. CFCA’s members serve California’s families, agriculture, police and fire, cities, construction, and all consumer goods moved by the delivery and transportation industries.