WASHINGTON – The president of the American Petroleum Institute questioned the speed at which government is moving to shift the world’s economy away from fossil fuels in a speech Wednesday.

Looking at California’s plan to eliminate vehicles that run on gasoline and diesel in favor of electric models by 2035, Mike Sommers said it was likely to put further strain on a power grid that was already over-taxed, causing more blackouts like seen this past summer.

“Bottom line, California is trying to force an energy change that it simply isn’t ready for and technology doesn’t exist to support,” he said in a speech at the lobbying group’s annual State of American Energy event in Washington. “No one should be surprised when reality keeps interfering. The constant

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