Trump’s offshore oil ban in SC also covers wind farms, feds say | News

Oil and gas drilling wasn’t the only thing halted by President Donald Trump’s recent order covering offshore South Carolina.

It also blocked the expansion of wind farm technology, which came as a surprise to state and coastal leaders.

“I think almost no one was expecting that it would affect offshore wind,” said Chris Carnevale of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. 

It’s a blow to a nascent industry in South Carolina, where some areas offshore of the northern half of the state have been flagged for future wind farms, though the government hasn’t started leasing waters yet.

“Oh, well that’s disappointing,” North Myrtle Beach Mayor Marilyn Hatley said upon hearing wind was included in the presidential order.

The beach town was opposed to fossil fuel extraction but passed a resolution years ago supporting wind technology and has two experimental turbines on land that power electric car charging stations. 

“We thought

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Industry leaders shifting gears as California plans to ban sale of gas cars in 15 years

When it comes to car sales in California, the Golden State is looking to get a little greener.

“Most of our shoppers are looking for a hybrid,” said Chris Wesney, general manager of McCarthy’s, an independent car dealership in San Luis Obispo, California.

Wesney says his team sells about 75 vehicles a month with electric vehicles making up 20% of those sales.

“That increases every year, year over year,” he said adding he expects that number to increase even more after California Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent executive order, which would ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035.

“There’s a lot to learn when it comes to buying electric cars,” Wesney said. “The problem that I foresee for some vehicles dealers is the repair facilities.”

The state’s mandate has industry leaders shifting gears, and it’s raised questions inside Cuesta College’s automotive technology department.

“To just simply say, ‘yes, we’re going

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California Will Ban New Gasoline Cars By 2035. The Grid Will Handle It

California’s governor Gavin Newsom declared last week that the sale of new gasoline/diesel powered cars will be forbidden starting in 2035. This follows similar initiatives in Germany and several other countries, but is a first for the USA. Is it practical to go all electric in just 15 years?

Gasoline cars will still exist after 2035, of course. Used cars will be around for decades, and people will be able to buy new cars outside

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California’s gas-fueled car ban: Can we really all drive electric cars?

SACRAMENTO — With the flick of a pen on the hood of a metallic-red electric Ford Mustang, Gov. Gavin Newsom set in motion the elimination of the internal combustion engine in California.

But turning Newsom’s vision of a cleaner-air future into reality will require 15 years of tough policy decisions to make electric cars affordable and charging stations ubiquitous.

The executive order that Newsom signed last week banning the sale of new gasoline-powered cars starting in 2035 would transform the state’s transportation system to an extent not seen in modern history, putting most drivers in cars powered by electricity. What was missing were the details of how California will require automakers to make such a rapid transition to electric cars, which make up just 6% of the state’s car market today.

The governor has said the order will drive innovation in the auto sector, and he’s left it to state

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California wants to ban gas-powered cars, but is the auto industry ready to go all electric?

California could join France, Norway and the United Kingdom in banning cars with traditional combustion engines, after Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order to end the sale of gas- and diesel-powered vehicles in the Golden State by 2035.

But there are plenty of obstacles, including the technical challenges of sourcing raw materials and producing enough batteries and fuel-cells, as well as the need to deliver vehicles consumers will want to buy.

“If the government tells you that you can’t build anything other than electric vehicles, consumers will have no other products to choose from,” said Sam Abuelsamid, principal automotive analyst with Guidehouse Insights. “New vehicle sales could drop precipitously, with many people choosing to just drive the the gas- and diesel-powered vehicles they have a lot longer,” he added.

So far, battery cars have generated modest sales, barely hitting 2 percent of U.S. demand, according to industry data. Even in California,

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EPA Administrator says American public “isn’t ready” for California’s ban on new gas cars [Video]

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler spoke with Yahoo Finance’s Alexis Christoforous in a special conversation for Concordia’s 2020 Virtual Annual Summit entitled “From Wildfires to Pipelines,” focusing on the state of environmental affairs in the United States. He comments on the new California mandate which calls for no new gas vehicles by 2035.

Video Transcript

ANDREW WHEELER: I don’t think the public is ready for that at this point. You know, under the Obama-Biden cafe standards during their administration, they set their standards that would have called for 50% EVs by 2025. And the data we were looking at over the last couple of years, when we wrote our regulation, our cafe standards show that the American public is just not embracing the electric vehicles to that extent. I don’t know how they get there by 2035.

There’s a lot of questions. I think it’s more aspirational at this point and

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Upside to Philly’s tailgating ban? FDR Park free of cars and noise, nature lovers say

Fewer cars, more nature

This summer, several local organizations advocated for the city to close more streets to cars, including roads inside of FDR and Fairmount parks, to allow more space for people to enjoy the outdoors safely during the pandemic.

“Parks should be places where we can relax, and be able to walk our dogs, and ride bikes, and scooters, and just go wherever we feel we want to go, within those parameters, without the dangers of the streets,” said Randy LoBasso, policy manager at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.

That’s not possible if cars are speeding within park roads, he said.

“Having FDR closed on Sundays to motor vehicles and open to people kind of shows us what a park can and should be in Philadelphia,” LoBasso said, adding that this

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California ban on gas cars a preview of what liberals want nationally

Who can fail to be attracted to the Tesla? That sleek, silent-running electric vehicle seems more common on the road every day. The introduction of the Model 3 has put this fascinating, tech-heavy brand of car into the same price category as the more expensive nonluxury conventional vehicles. As a result, Tesla can barely build them fast enough to keep up with demand.

Nor is Tesla the only make of electric car generating broad interest. Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Mazda, Mercedes, Nissan, and other automakers are all expected to come out with new fully electric models in the next year or two.

Even so, there are limits to this revolution. Electric vehicles are still very expensive for the low-income consumer who can’t do without wheels. Even for consumers willing to pay more for added range, they are less suitable than conventional cars for certain long-range uses. The infrastructure for charging

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Clean Energy Group Warns California Car Ban Will Tax the Grid

One clean energy trade group in California is warning that California’s bold new goal of phasing out gas-powered cars within 15 years will drive up power demand from electric cars by 25% — a potential problem for a state that has been struggling to keep the lights on.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the California Solar and Storage Association thinks it has the solution: solar and battery installations to shore up any power shortfalls that emerge from the onslaught of EVs, particularly rooftop solar arrays paired with home batteries.

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“Such an increase in demand on the state’s already stressed electric grid adds urgency and importance to making the state’s energy supplies safer, more affordable, and more reliable,” the group’s executive director, Bernadette Del Chiaro, said in a press release.

With record-breaking heat triggering California’s first rolling blackouts in 20 years last month, the

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California To Ban the Sale of Gas-Powered Cars in 2035

Governor Gavin Newsom of California has announced an executive order requiring all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035. The press release notes:

“The transportation sector is responsible for more than half of all of California’s carbon pollution, 80 percent of smog-forming pollution and 95 percent of toxic diesel emissions…
‘This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change,’ said Governor Newsom. ‘For too many decades, we have allowed cars to pollute the air that our children and families breathe. Californians shouldn’t have to worry if our cars are giving our kids asthma. Our cars shouldn’t make wildfires worse – and create more days filled with smoky air. Cars shouldn’t melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines.’

We might complain about a couple of things, starting with the use of the word “impactful” and then pointing out that a

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