‘Just Buy An Electric Vehicle,’ California Asks Residents to Limit Charging Vehicles

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Gavin Newsom, governor of California, (Photo by Rich Pedroncelli/AP/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

July 24, 2022

A California nonprofit Independent System Operator (ISO) recently recommended that residents ease their electricity use as a way to mitigate strain on the electric grid amid record temperatures in the Golden State. The ISO suggested that residents voluntarily conserve energy, the Epoch Times reports.

The ISO told residents to take preliminary measures before a “Flex Alert,” which the organization says are most common during the summer as the state experiences extremely hot temperatures. During peak usage hours, flex alerts request that consumers limit energy usage and follow guidelines to conserve electricity.

“This usually happens in the evening hours when solar generation is going offline and consumers are returning home and switching on air conditioners, lights, and appliances,” wrote the ISO.

Large major appliances are asked to be “avoided” during flex alerts, which begin at 6 p.m. Charging electric vehicles, running the air conditioner, and charging devices, are suggested to be used before the alert. Even amid record temperatures, the organization suggests cooling one’s home before the alert.

This comes as the state and federal government are pushing for more electric vehicles into the market, while some are claiming that the administration is purposely destroyed domestic oil production to further his energy plan.

(READ MORE: Biden Endures Backlash For Exporting Emergency Oil Reserves To China, Chinese Companies Linked to Hunter Biden)

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced last year that by 2035, the state is going to end the sale of petroleum-powered vehicles. He predicted that in 15 years “zero-emission vehicles will almost certainly be cheaper and better than the traditional fossil fuel powered car.”

Biden also promised to issued an executive order to put $174 billion into the EV market as part of his “American Jobs Plan.” Amid rising gas prices, the administration has hunkered down on the condescending “just buy an electric vehicle” position, touting that Americans will save $80 per month—still better than 16 cents on hotdogs. But with $80 per month, it will reportedly take up to 63 years to pay for the vehicle.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was also criticized for saying that the administration is focused on cutting costs of electric vehicles as they face high gas prices; however, what many Americans want is to not pay $5 a gallon for what was once roughly only a couple dollars.


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