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Florida Senator Marco Rubio rejected California’s intention to ban the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035, arguing that until new battery technology is available, electric vehicles will continue to rely on fossil fuels for power.

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During a press conference held at Resurrection Muscle Cars in West Palm Beach, Florida, Rubio answered Fox News Digital’s question about the California ban, which the state approved shortly before heatwaves led to recommendations for residents to limit charging their electric vehicles. . .

“Well, if they go all battery powered cars, then I think they’ll charge their cars with coal and natural gas, because that’s how you make electricity, because they don’t like nuclear power plants.” Rubio remarked. “And I don’t think you can generate enough energy for a state like California based on sun and wind. So, in the end, it’s doomed to fail.”

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Rubio didn’t mind the idea of ​​electric cars in general and was even confident that there would be technological advances that would make them practical and more common.

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“I don’t think you’re going to get it with government orders that force you to get it,” he said.

Republicans criticized California’s ban when, shortly after the state’s power grid operator said a Labor Day weekend heat wave, people may need to keep their cars off charge during the evening hours to ease strain on the grid.

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“I think it’s stupid that you’re going to ban electric cars by 2030, but you’re telling people please don’t charge their electric cars during the day because that puts pressure on the grid,” Rubio said.

The Florida senator reiterated that he believes the US will “get it together” when it comes to electric vehicles.

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“But when you’re trying to get there before the science gets there, the only thing you’re going to do is create ridiculous results, heavier burdens, higher costs, and eventually people will go to Nevada and buy gasoline…cars.” with the engines and bring them back to California,” he said.