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California targets diesel trucks in its latest environmental crusade

California has already set itself up for future energy failures by banning the sale of new gas-powered cars starting in 2035. But now, the state has set a deadline to eliminate commercial diesel trucks as well.

California is preparing to ban the sale of commercial diesel trucks by 2040 and require trucks entering ports and rail yards to be zero-emission vehicles by 2035. Some companies, such as Walmart and Amazon, would have until 2042 to convert their trucks to electric.

California does not have the infrastructure to support such a plan, according to Chris Shimoda, the vice president of the California Trucking Association. That is hardly a surprise, given that California does not have the infrastructure to support its current population of 39 million. The state only “narrowly avoided rolling blackouts” earlier this month, according to USA Today, after begging residents not to use electricity between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Even then, thousands lost power in northern California, and rolling blackouts have been the norm over the last several years. Due to climate change policy and the elimination of reliable sources of electricity, California’s grid cannot hold up to heat waves everyone knows are coming.

This comes as California is attempting to force residents to transition to electric cars. Just after California confirmed its commitment to forcing roughly 16 million drivers into electric vehicles, the state had to ask people not to charge their vehicles during peak energy hours. Add onto that another 1.8 million heavy-duty trucks and California’s obsession with environmentalism, shunning efficient forms of carbon-free energy such as nuclear, and you have a recipe for grid failure for years to come.

The lone bright side in all of this is that California has given itself over a decade to realize that it has put itself on an even worse path of energy failures. The state’s Democrats won’t realize it, because they have been consumed by their desire to be the beacon of liberalism for the rest of the country. It will be up to voters to change the course of California over the next decade — if they don’t all move to better-run states first.