Va. Gov. Youngkin 'Celebrating Freedom' After Backing Out of California's Auto Emissions Standards

Beatriz Madan | June 6, 2024
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Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) has just announced that Virginia will not be participating in California’s radical auto emissions standards. This is a turnaround from 2021, prior to Youngkin taking office, when Virginia had voted to adhere to this California regulation.

California, along with 16 other states, have recently subscribed to guidelines set by their unelected Air Resources Board that would require all cars to be electric by 2035. Youngkin, however, has decided that there was no reason for Virginia to abide by these standards. 

“Once again, Virginia is declaring independence – this time from a misguided electric vehicle mandate imposed by unelected leaders nearly 3,000 miles away from the Commonwealth,” Youngkin stated. “The idea that government should tell people what kind of car they can or can’t purchase is fundamentally wrong. Virginians deserve the freedom to choose which vehicles best fit the needs of their families and businesses. The law is clear, and I am proud to announce Virginians will no longer be forced to live under this out-of-touch policy.”

Related: VCU Students Walk out of Graduation to Protest Youngkin's Speech

Liberals have since been criticizing Youngkin for not caring about the environment and being too autonomous. However, Virginia isn’t legally bound by any other state’s laws and isn’t required to participate if they don’t feel the need. Moreover, by opting out of California's regulations, he's asserting Virginia's autonomy in determining its own environmental policies.

For a recent interview of Youngkin discussing the change, watch below:


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