‘They Can’t Even Keep the Power on in California!’: DeSantis Teases California Over Power Outages

By Lydia Nusbaum, Florida's Voice

September 9, 2022 Updated 3:26 PM ET

Governor Ron DeSantis speaking with attendees at a
Governor Ron DeSantis speaking with attendees at a "Unite & Win Rally" at Arizona Financial Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona (Gage Skidmore).

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Californians have been warned this week about possible rolling blackouts as parts of the state reaches record temperatures.

They were told to “conserve as much energy as possible” and set thermostats to 78 degrees after strains on the power grid. So far California has reportedly dodged rounds of potential blackouts, but thousands have been without power.

The warnings led to criticisms from Bryan Griffin, who serves as Gov. Ron DeSantis’ press secretary.

“Democrat run states are experiencing rolling black outs,” Griffin said. “These are willful and correctable policy failures. FL is a successful counter example to the nation- and they hate it.”

California provides “Flex Alerts,” which encourage the conservation of power between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Residents are urged to charge their cars and cool down their homes earlier in the day. DeSantis took aim at the Golden State this week.

“I hear a lot of people chirping about Florida from like California,” he said. “They’re so worried about Florida. They can’t even keep the power on in California. I mean are you kidding me?

In 2020, the California governor announced the state would phase out gasoline-powered cars. By 2035, all new vehicles sold in California are required to be zero-emission vehicles, meaning people will need to begin transitioning to electric vehicles.

In states like Colorado, customers were locked out of their thermostats Tuesday as the temperatures climbed into the 90s.

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