Governor Newsom is Targeting Your Car in Hard-Hitting Climate Strategy

By: Georgia | Published: May 10, 2024

Gov. Gavin Newsom isn’t just ruling from the office; he’s taking California’s climate policies global.

From advocating in China to engaging with the Pope at the Vatican, Newsom pitches climate action as essential. 

Newsom's Climate Pitch

Last month in a solar-paneled orchard, Newsom painted a vivid picture of California’s climate challenges: “The hots get hotter, the dries get drier.” 

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He stressed the need for decisive action to combat these increasingly severe weather patterns.


Electric Dreams

Newsom is pushing hard for electric vehicles and renewable energy, aiming to phase out gas-powered cars. 

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While these moves are celebrated in California, they spark fierce opposition from oil companies and some Republicans, highlighting a major national debate on climate costs.

Newsom Defends Against High Cost Accusations

Facing criticism over high utility costs, Newsom blames corporate greed and rejects excessive tax proposals. 

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His focus is clear: “corporate greed and gouging” are to blame for high gas prices, not climate policies, as he fought back against Proposition 30 last year.

A Wildfire Wake-Up Call

2020’s devastating wildfires were a turning point for Newsom, deepening his commitment to climate action as he toured scorched towns. 

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Advisors liken his reaction to pivotal moments that redefine political careers, emphasizing the personal impact of these crises.

Shaking Up the Auto Industry

In a bold move, Newsom announced plans to phase out gas-powered cars and introduced a fracking ban. 

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His 2021 proposals aimed at drastically reducing California’s carbon footprint, showcasing his willingness to take significant regulatory steps.


Big Oil On The Defense

Accusing oil companies of deception, Newsom has positioned himself as a leader willing to confront industry giants head-on. 

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At a rally, he declared, “Big Oil has played us for fools,” signaling a tough stance on environmental accountability.


The Political Landscape of Climate Initiatives

As Newsom’s policies gain traction, they also face political risks, especially in battleground states. 

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His climate stance could either be a blueprint for national policy or a point of contention, exposing him to criticism about job impacts and economic consequences.


The Cost of Living Green

Debates swirl around the financial implications of Newsom’s climate policies. 

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Critics argue that these initiatives drive up living costs, a point of contention that resonates deeply with Californians grappling with the nation’s highest gas prices.


Regulatory Battles and Industry Backlash

Newsom’s efforts to impose caps on oil refiner profits are contentious, with the industry warning of higher prices. 

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This year, California voters will have a direct say on drilling restrictions, highlighting the ongoing clash between environmental policies and economic concerns.


Drilling Permits and Political Pressure

Despite over 700 pending applications for new drilling sites, Newsom’s administration has not approved new permits this year. 

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This cautious approach reflects ongoing legal and political challenges, illustrating the complexities of balancing environmental leadership with industry interests.


Newsom's Climate Legacy on the Line

As decisions loom on further tightening carbon controls, Newsom’s climate policies could define his political legacy.

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Supporters argue his aggressive stance could lead to significant environmental progress, while detractors warn of potential economic fallout.