Washington State Goes Full-Blown Authoritarian

On Wednesday, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D) announced that his state would be following a far-left California policy that will lead to banning the purchase of all gas-powered vehicles by the year 2035.

The Daily Caller reports:

Inslee touted California’s new rule, which was approved on Thursday, and stated that Washington was ready to adopt the rule to prohibit the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035 at the end of 2022, according to a tweet he posted. The governor also said that his state already set an unenforced goal for all new car sales to be zero emissions vehicles by 2030, a move that would attempt to phase out cars powered by an internal combustion engine.

However, the California rule, which Inslee pledged to adopt, will actively enforce a ban on non-electric vehicles (EVs) by 2035. Washington’s legislature passed a bill in 2020 directing the state Department of Ecology to adopt California’s emission standards, giving Inslee the authority to make such a commitment.

“This is a critical milestone in our climate fight,” Inslee stated. “We look forward to partnering with California and the Biden Administration to quickly eliminate our country’s #1 source of GHG emissions.”

Despite its planned adoption of California’s strict mandates, Washington still intends to meet its 2030 goal for all car sales in the state to consist of zero-emissions vehicles, according to The Seattle Times.

Anna Lising, Inslee’s senior climate adviser, told the paper,“We think of the California regulation as the floor and we’ve set a new ceiling of trying to get that done by 2030.”