California Gas Car Ban ‘Harmful and Stupid Policy’: McCarthy

California Gas Car Ban ‘Harmful and Stupid Policy’: McCarthy

David Taub, GV Wire

Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy did not mince words on a California decision to ban gas-powered cars starting 2035.

“I think that policy is bad and stupid. I think that policy only harms people from the standpoint that government is going to dictate what you can buy. Here we are with people with that like minded opinion that they know best and want to control all. They have now raised our price of living,” McCarthy said Friday.

The move by the California Air Resources Board Thursday to require all new cars, pickup trucks and SUVs sold in the state to be electric or hydrogen by 2035 is likely to reshape the U.S. auto market, which gets 10% of its sales from the nation’s most populous state, the AP reported. Leaders in several other states have promised to follow California’s lead.

The issue was one of several that McCarthy discussed during a 30-minute news conference with local media held at his Clovis campaign office.

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