Marco Rubio Says California Electric Car Plan ‘Self-Defeating’: People Will ‘Charge Their Cars With Coal’

Marco Rubio Says California Electric Car Plan ‘Self-Defeating’: People Will ‘Charge Their Cars With Coal’

Marco Rubio Says California Electric Car Plan ‘Self-Defeating’: People Will ‘Charge Their Cars With Coal’

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., rejected California’s intention to ban the sale of gas-powered cars by 2035, arguing that until there is new battery technology, electric cars will continue to rely on fossil fuels for power.

During a news conference held at Resurrection Muscle Cars in West Palm Beach, Florida, Rubio fielded a question from Fox News Digital about California’s ban, which the state approved just before a heat wave prompted an advisory for residents to limit charging their electric cars. .

“Well, if they’re going to go all battery-powered cars, I guess they’re going to charge their cars with coal and natural gas because that’s how you generate electricity because they don’t like nuclear plants.” Rubio pointed out. “And I don’t think you can generate enough electricity for a state like California based on solar and wind. So ultimately it’s self-defeating.”

Rubio was not opposed to the idea of ​​electric cars in general, and he was even confident that there will be technological advances that make them practical and more widespread.

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“I don’t think you’re going to get there through government mandates that force you to get to that point,” he said.

Republicans criticized California’s ban when the state’s grid operator said shortly after that a heat wave over the Labor Day weekend could require people not to charge their cars in the evening to ease the burden placed on the grid.

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Senator Marco Rubio speaks at a news conference with members of the National Federation of Independent Business in West Palm Beach, Florida, on September 16, 2022 (Ronn Blitzer/Fox News Digital) (Fox News)

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“I think the stupid thing about it is you’re going to ban electric cars by 2030, but you’re telling people you can’t charge your electric cars during the day because it puts pressure on the grid,” Rubio said.

The Florida senator reiterated that he believes the US is “going to get there” in terms of electric cars in time.

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“But when you try to get there before the science gets there, all you’re going to do is create ridiculous results, heavier burdens, heavier costs, and eventually people are going to go to Nevada and buy gasoline-powered cars and bring them back to California,” he said.

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