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Charging an electric vehicle. Photo by Chris Jennewein

By Dan Walters | CalMatters Columnist

Gov. Gavin Newsom flatly declared last week that “In the next 15 years we will eliminate in the state of California the sales of internal combustion engines.”

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It was the latest example of Newsom’s fondness for headline-grabbing pronouncements of “big hairy, audacious goals.”

The classic example was his flat campaign declaration that he would solve California’s chronic housing shortage by building 3.5 million new homes.

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