Gavin Newsom slammed for AC ‘double standard’ amid heatwave


Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom was slammed as a hypocrite Wednesday for wearing a fleece coat in a seemingly air-conditioned room while urging residents to “save energy” amid a historic heat wave.

“CA is experiencing an unprecedented heatwave [sic]. This will be the hottest & longest on record for September,” Newsom said in a tweet Tuesday, as temperatures soared into triple digits in some parts of the state.

“Our energy grid is being pushed to its max. The risk of outages is real. We need everyone to double down to save energy after 4 p.m. today,” Newsom went on.

In an accompanying video, Newsom told Golden Staters to “Pre-cool your home. Run your conditioner earlier,” while wearing a zipped-up black fleece coat and baseball cap.

But critics on social media had a chilly reception for what they considered a double standard.

“He’s sitting inside wearing a warm jacket during a heat wave, telling the rest of us not to use AC,” one observer noted on Twitter.

A photo of California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom was called a hypocrite after urging residents to “save energy” during the heat wave while wearing a fleece coat in an air-conditioned room.
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Another blasted the gov by asking: “Why are you wearing a jacket zipped up to your neck? Is your AC too cold?”

Others wondered if Newsom was even in California at all.

“Gavin, I am sweating inside my own house right now with 1/4 of the clothing on that you’re wearing in this video. Where are you?” one critic wrote.

California state guidelines direct residents to pre-cool homes and buildings before peak demand from 4 to 9 p.m. and to set thermostats to 78 degrees during that time, said Alex Stack, Newsom’s deputy communications director.

“This is how CA conserves energy during peak hours,” Stack said.

He didn’t immediately respond to a request about where and when Newsom recorded the video, or why he needed a coat.

A photo of a restaurant owner helping her employee cool off during the heat wave.
Restaurant owner Gina Parker helped her employee to cool off after feeling dizzy during the heat wave in Sacramento, Calif.

A picture of a firefighter watching smoke erupt from a hillside fire in Hemet, CA.
As temperatures in California rise into triple digits, Gov. Newsom says that “this will be the hottest and longest heatwave on record for September.”

Skid Row community members drinking water amid the heat wave.
Volunteers of the Skid Row community handed out water bottles to residents as the temperatures increase amid the intense heat wave in downtown LA and Southern California.

It’s not the first time the politician has been lambasted for apparently failing to follow his own rules and recommendations.

In November 2020, he notoriously attended a dinner party at the acclaimed Napa Valley restaurant The French Laundry after he discouraged households from gathering over the holidays. He later apologized.





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