President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Oct. 8, rebuked California Gov. Gavin Newsom for embracing electric vehicles, regardless that gas prices are soaring to a very high level in the U.S’s most populous state.
“Gasoline Prices in the State of California are MUCH HIGHER than anywhere else in the Nation ($2.50 vs. $4.50),” President Trump tweeted on Tuesday evening.
“I guess those very expensive and unsafe cars that they are mandating just aren’t doing the trick!” the president continued. “Don’t worry California, relief is on the way. The State doesn’t get it!”
Gasoline Prices in the State of California are MUCH HIGHER than anywhere else in the Nation ($2.50 versus $4.50). I guess those very expensive and unsafe cars that they are mandating just aren’t doing the trick! Don’t worry California, relief is on the way. The State doesn’t get it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2019
President Trump was chiding Newsom for having the nation’s highest average gas prices, after having ridiculed the Democratic governor for allowing sanctuary cities, free benefits for illegals, and tax hikes.
The average retail gas price in California was $4.19 per gallon early on Wednesday, according to AAA Gas Prices, much higher than the national average of $2.66 per gallon.
California also charges the highest gas tax in the United States, according to the Tax Foundation, with rates of 61.2 cents per gallon as of July 2019.
President Trump condemned the Democrat governing in California several weeks after the president announced plans to revoke the state’s right to set its higher standards for car mileage than those issued by federal regulators.
“The Trump Administration is revoking California’s Federal Waiver on emissions in order to produce far less expensive cars for the consumer, while at the same time making the cars substantially SAFER. This will lead to more production because of this pricing and safety advantage, and also due to the fact that older, highly polluting cars, will be replaced by new, extremely environmentally friendly cars,” the president tweeted on Sept. 18.
In a quick response, Newsom rejected President Trump’s claims, saying the president has no “credibility” on environmental issues.
The governor described electric vehicles that the state is encouraging car companies to manufacture as “gas guzzlers.”
You have no credibility on this issue. You’re trying to gut our emissions laws. Deny climate change. And wreck our environment by burning the dirtiest possible energy sources.
But yeah, those electric vehicles we’re encouraging car companies to manufacture sure are gas guzzlers! https://t.co/Aia1jgCId8
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) October 9, 2019