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Marco Rubio says California's electric car plan is 'self-defeating': People will 'charge their cars with coal'

Marco Rubio says California’s electric car plan is ‘self-defeating’: People will ‘charge their cars with coal’

Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, rejected California’s intention Sales ban of gas-powered cars by 2035, arguing that until new battery technology becomes available, electric cars will still rely on fossil fuels for power generation.

During a press conference held at Resurrection Muscle Cars in Cairo West Palm Beach, Florida. Rubio answered a question from Fox News Digital about California’s ban, which the state approved shortly before the heatwave that led to residents being advised to limit charging of their electric vehicles.

“Well, if they’re going to all battery cars, I think they’re going to charge their cars with coal and natural gas because that’s how they produce electricity because they don’t like nuclear plants,” Rubio noted. “And I don’t think you can generate enough power for a state like California based on solar and wind power. So in the end, it’s self-defeating.”

Rubio was not against the idea electric cars In general, he was confident that there would be technological developments that would make it more practical and more widespread.

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“I don’t think you’re going to get there with government mandates that force you to get to that point,” he said.

Republicans criticized California ban When the state’s power grid operator said shortly afterwards that a heat wave over the Labor Day weekend might necessitate people not charging their cars in the evening hours to ease the burden on the grid.

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“I think the absurdity of it is that you’re going to ban electric cars by 2030, but you’re telling people please don’t charge your electric cars during the day because it stresses the grid,” Rubio said.

The Florida senator reiterated that he believes the United States will “get there” when it comes to electric vehicles in time.

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“But when you try to get there before the science gets there, the only thing you’re going to do is get ridiculous results, heavy burdens, huge costs, and in the end, people will go to Nevada and buy gasoline-powered cars and bring them back to California.”