A group of Democratic lawmakers has introduced legislation that would ban the sale of gas-powered automobiles in the U.S. by 2035.

The Zero-Emission Vehicles Act of 2020 ‘s sponsors, Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative Mike Levin (D-CA-49), say the measure will “create jobs, improve health, and address climate chaos by ending American sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles in 15 years.”

They also contend the mandatory switch to an electric auto fleet “can help save Americans from the dire health and economic impacts of the climate crisis, and make sure American workers are the ones building the next generation of cars for the world.”

The Wall Street Journal writes that the costly proposed mandate is an admission that green auto enthusiasts are having to resort to stronger methods to achieve their social goals:

Bribing Americans to buy electric cars hasn’t worked, so now Democrats plan to use government coercion to force them.

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