EPA ridicules California's proposed ban of new gas cars

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 18: California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at the California justice department on September 18, 2019 in Sacramento, California. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, California attorney general Xavier

U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has ridiculed California Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035.

Wheeler sent Newsom a letter on Monday in which he noted that the proposal would increase electricity demand in a state with a history of rolling blackouts.

California had its first rolling blackouts in nearly 20 years in August during a heat wave.

Wheeler said the proposal also raises significant legal questions.

A spokesman for Newsom said California is leading the fight against climate change while the Trump administration tries to drive the country off a climate cliff.