Governor Says “Enough Is Enough!” Virginia To Abandon Plan To Follow Draconian California Emissions Regulations

Governor Glenn Youngkin now says Virginia will step away from California’s stringent vehicle emissions regulations when the current rules expire. Citing an attorney general opinion, Youngkin stated that Virginians should have the freedom to choose their vehicles without government interference. The move drew swift criticism from Democrats and environmental groups, but Youngkin affirmed the decision, emphasizing Virginia’s independence from distant mandates. The state will now default to federal standards, ending its previously very controversial alignment with California’s regulations, which are seen by a large majority of residents nationwide as over-reaching and financially crippling.