David Horowitz once said, “Inside every progressive is a totalitarian screaming to get out.”
He couldn’t have been more right.
Because New York Governor Kathy Hochul just showed her inner dictator knows no bounds with this jaw-dropping announcement.
New York politics are, by any objective standard, a dirty business.
Disgraced Former Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) was forced to step down once the well-known “MeToo” stench that followed him for decades finally became politically problematic for Democrats.
His Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul (D), then assumed office.
After masquerading as a moderate, her true colors emerged quickly once she gained power.
Hochul demands citizens follow California’s crazy car mandate
Back in August she told Republicans to leave town, saying, “We’re here to say that the era of Trump and Zeldin and Molinaro – just jump on a bus and head down to Florida where you belong. Get out of town.”
So, a really lovely gal.
You might think that someone who hadn’t been elected to the position of power she now holds would have some measure of modesty but, if so, you would be wrong.
Hochul’s inner dictator knows no bounds, because she just announced that New York would follow California’s lead by banning the sale of gasoline-powered cars and light trucks by 2035.
According to a press release, all passenger cars, pickup trucks and SUVs sold in the state will have to be classified as “zero-emissions vehicles” by no later than 2035.
Hochul couldn’t be troubled to give the voters a say on the matter and directed the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation to begin implementing the new rules that will also require 35% of state vehicle sales to consist of electric cars by 2026, rising to 68% by 2030.
Democrats don’t actually like democracy
The Left doesn’t really like letting voters have a say.
So because California enacted a regulation in late August to ban gas cars and mandate the sale of “zero-emissions vehicles,” Hochul is insisting New York adopt the same regulation with the stroke of a pen.
Hochul said, “With sustained state and federal investments, our actions are incentivizing New Yorkers, local governments, and businesses to make the transition to electric vehicles. We had to wait for California to take a step because there’s some federal requirement that California had to go first.”
This California law is allowing leftist megalomaniac Governors to force electric vehicles on their citizens in thirteen other states.
But this isn’t the final word.
Joe Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) restored California’s Clean Air Act waiver in March, giving the state legal authority to set its own strict vehicle emissions standards that other states can choose to adopt.
The Trump administration revoked the waiver in September 2019 and a future Trump (or DeSantis, or other Republican) administration could do the same if elected in 2024.
President Biden’s elitist and out-of-touch Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was blasted for claiming electric vehicles will somehow bring “cost savings” to Americans.
If the power grid could actually support it all, perhaps he could be forgiven for being unaware that those same electric vehicles he touts cost upwards of $50,000 as everyday Americans suffer from the worst inflation in two generations that has been brought on and exacerbated by these same Democrat elite “experts.”
After all, he was on “paternity leave” for months amid the worst supply chain crisis in memory.
Hochul said, “We’re driving New York’s transition to clean transportation forward, and today’s announcement will benefit our climate and the health of our communities for generations to come.”
Hochul and her California counterpart Gavin Newsom continue to drive people away from their respective states with these heavy-handed impositions.
Here’s to hoping that those departing the blue states in search of freedom and opportunity leave these crazy ideas in the rear-view mirror.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.