In a letter to Governor Newsom on Monday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said that Newsom’s executive order that would ban the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035 “raises serious questions regarding its legality and practicality,” according to Reuters.
“California’s record of rolling blackouts—unprecedented in size and scope—coupled with recent requests to neighboring states for power begs the question of how you expect to run an electric car fleet that will come with significant increases in electricity demand, when you can’t even keep the lights on today,” Mr. Wheeler wrote in the letter.
According to Politico, hundreds of thousands of Californians were affected by rolling blackouts in August because of complications with the state’s electric grid. On Monday, approximately 87,500 Pacific Gas and Electric Company Californian customers also faced blackouts as the company attempted to prevent the start of more wildfires caused by their equipment.
Last week, Governor Newsom’s office announced that he had signed an executive order “requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035 and additional measures to eliminate harmful emissions from the transportation sector.”