California state government on Friday stopped buying gas-powered sedans as part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The directive by the state’s Department of General Services, which oversees purchasing and contracts for California state government, exempts public safety vehicles.
Sad! Why shouldn’t the CHP be driving Priuses as well? As Jim Treacher asked in September when a Fremont, CA “Tesla Electric Cop Car [Ran] Out of Juice While Chasing Bad Guy,” “The police are supposed to protect and serve. But what’s the point of protecting and serving the public if you’re not protecting and serving Gaia? It’s good to stop crime, but there won’t be any crime at all if everybody gets killed by the weather. That’s why I’m glad to see police departments switching to electric cars. Unlike those dirty gas-burning cars, electric ones are powered by… magic, I think? Goodbye, boys in blue. Hello, guys in green!”