It isn’t enough for California to contemplate its own state-run single payer health care system that would require, at a minimum, tripling the state budget. Now a lawmaker wants to have the state ban gasoline-powered cars by the year 2040. I certainly hope California follows through and tries this. If nothing else, it will provide wonderful black market opportunities. Think of all the meth labs that will convert to mini-refineries, not to mention the smuggling. It is doubtful we can legally confiscate existing cars, so look for California’s rolling stock to become the equivalent of all those 57 Chevys and Buicks we see on the streets of Havana.

Such a scheme assumes widespread availability of electric cars.  Maybe this will happen in the fullness of time, but has anyone considered how to supply the massive amount of  electricity to charge 25 or 30 million vehicles in California? It’s not just the total amount of electricity, but also transmission and fast-charging capacity that will need to be built at our current filling stations. A Canadian engineer has walked through the math of the subject, and concludes that to match the energy equivalent of a typical gasoline filling station today, an electric filling station would have to have the 30 megawatts of capacity, equivalent to the electricity use of 20,000 homes.

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  1. Joe says:

    Makes no never mind. By 2040 Demonrats will have raised the gas and diesel taxes so high no one will be able to afford to buy fuel for an internal combustion engine. Except of course the politicians, their cronies and the limousine liberals.

  2. J. Soden says:

    Also assumes (and you know what happens when you ass-ume) there will be plenty of charging stations. Seem to recall the charging station idea was already tried and went kaput.
    ‘Course, if Taxifornia is silly enough to mandate a technology that is only good for short-haul trips – especially given the size of the state – the charging stations will be built for a battery technology that seems to be all built in China, is subject to fires and is pretty pricey when you have to replace them.
    The electric car is an idea that is still in its infancy. And it still needs diapers.

  3. Harold says:

    More unicorn and fairy dust ideas from California’s idealistic, and unrealistic legislature. So where are they going to generate this power from? the same wind they are blowing, or the power of the sun, which is dim thinking, or building more dams, they do have a good track record of preventing any progress applying real work effort. And now the voters have seemed to accept that is the natural flow of things.

    Areas they should be concerned about are Immigration issues, budget problems, a growing homeless population, infrastructure failing due to neglect , (most recent Oroville Dam) layering of laws designed to reduce, if not remove constitutional rights, a rapid transit train to a bus stop location. a permissive attitude toward destroying universities and tramping on another constitutional privilege called free speech, and now a sanctuary state that will lead to more crime, So on and so on. Their thinking just gets more and more ridiculous because of a unbalanced liberal legislature that operates unchecked.

    This liberal majority currently elected have no apparent inclination to resolve any of the above, all they seem to want to achieve is digging the hole deeper we are in.

  4. Post Scripts says:

    Totally agree with your Harold. The irresponsible behavior of the libs in Sacramento never ceases to amaze and stun. They have no business sense, they ignore the obvious warnings of economic disaster and prefer to buy votes instead. And the idiots that vote for them are no better, they vote for what gov. promises to do FOR THEM. That’s not how it’s suppose to work. Gov. is suppose to have a very limited role in our lives, but liberals are Hell bent on bringing us big brother. I hate this absurd Ca government and I would leave this state in a heartbeat if I could.

  5. J. Soden says:

    In Taxifornia, you can be jailed for using the wrong gender pronoun, you’re prohibited from following Federal Law regarding Illegals, you can’t have gun magazines over a certain size, you get slapped with a new tax nearly every day, and are attacked if you happen to disagree with whatever the current PC BS is.
    Sure glad I left when I did! Don’t see any reason to return, either.

  6. Peggy says:

    I want our state legislators to stop exempting themselves from the laws they force onto state residents. They exempted themselves from the new gun laws.

    The need to comply with the sunshine regulations so we can all see who they are meeting and communicating with, and who is greasing the palms of their hands.

    Many state legislatures exempt themselves from record laws:
    State capitols are often referred to as “the people’s house,” but legislatures frequently put up no-trespassing signs by exempting themselves from public-records laws.

    That tendency was apparent when The Associated Press sought emails and daily schedules of legislative leaders in all 50 states. The request was met with more denials than approvals.

    Some lawmakers claimed “legislative immunity” from the public-records laws that apply to most state and local officials. Others said secrecy was essential to the deliberative process of making laws. And some feared that releasing the records could invade the privacy of citizens, creating a “chilling effect” on the right of people to petition their government.

    The Assembly and Senate Rules committees declined requests for emails and calendars for the top legislative leaders, citing a number of exemptions including privacy and legislative privilege. California’s legislative branch is bound by a less transparent public records law than the executive. It exempts from public disclosure all “correspondence of and to individual members of the Legislature and their staff” as well as any communications between private citizens and the Legislature. The committees also cited a 1991 California Supreme Court decision allowing government agencies to maintain the secrecy of public officials’ appointment calendars. Gov. Jerry Brown’s office said it releases the governor’s calendar monthly and declined to provide earlier access to a week of appointments. Brown’s office said he did not use his official email account during the first week of February, the week requested by the AP.”

    California Senate Votes 28-8 to Exempt Itself from California Gun Laws:
    “They voted 28-8 to exempt themselves from the gun-control laws that apply to the rest of the California.

    You think maybe this will cause Californians to rise up? NOPE! It happened 5 years ago and since California has passed a plethora of other gun laws…that only apply to citizens.

    Yes, you heard me right! The exemption was created in 2011 and the California legislature has passed a number of gun laws since. Pretty easy when you are passing bills that do not apply to you!

    It is not the only special privileges California legislators provide themselves!”

    • J. Soden says:

      Only way Taxifornia voters will get transparency with elected politicians is with a Constitutional Amendment Initiative on the Ballot.

    • Tina says:

      Some PIGS are MORE EQUAL than others, Peggy.

      The problem with liberals is they’re like spoiled children. They demand the next shiny thing without bothering to ask or care if what they want is possible, affordable or even safe! And when they don’t get their way they throw fits and destroy things.

      It’s sad to think about how great this state once was.

      • Peggy says:

        It is very sad to remember how great this state was when so many in other states wanted to live here. I just learned two more retired coworkers retired to the Reno, NV area. They took their pensions and ran just across the border, but still close enough to visit family and friends still here. They get to keep more of their own money and spend it on things they want, which will make the economy of NV even better.

        The day will come when the hypocrites in Sacramento will be left all alone with more takers than makers and not enough tax revenue to pay for their elite life-styles.

        • J. Soden says:

          That’s exactly what we did in 2000. Reno is an inexpensive place to live, yet convenient for family visits into Taxfornia. Our NV residency made about a 13% difference in what we paid in taxes, too.

          If you do leave, make sure DMV knows about your move, and remove ALL bank accounts from Taxifornia since DMV has the power to take your $$ for vehicle registration if they THINK you owe that. Happened to us TWICE and took multiple letters and a governor’s intervention to get our $$ back.

          • Peggy says:

            Afraid Reno is not in my future. I retired from the San Jose area to Chico to be near my son and his family. To old now to make the move by myself.

            Can’t wait to see how Trump’s tax cut proposal works out. Especially, not being able to write off state taxes paid on federal tax returns. High tax states, like Calif., are going to fight it tooth and nail. They love low and non tax states picking up the higher states’ share of running the fed.

            Also, Calif. lawmakers love raising our state tax knowing the taxpayers won’t complain too much knowing we get to write it off. So they keep right on raising it again and again.

        • Post Scripts says:

          Banning gasoline powered cars. The scary part is there are people in high places of power and authority that actually belief this stupid stuff. It’s just not going to happen for a long, long time. Sure, maybe some year when battery power makes sense, but that day is not here or the foreseeable future. Think of the cost to run millions of battery powered vehicles on our roads. That must include the refitting of every filling station into a recharging station and who wants to do it? And where does that power come from? Who pays for overhauling the entire CA electrical grid and besides, isn’t there pollution associated with this and the massive new demands for electricity? No, I think some dopes in Sacramento have not thought this one through at all!

          • Peggy says:

            Calif. lawmakers will just exempt themselves again and drive the biggest gas burners made. They’re the elites and the laws they force us to live by don’t apply to them.

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