By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom (Information and Press Release):
California: Governor Gavin Newsom issued on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 an executive order that will end the sale of gasoline-powered cars in the state by 2035.
The executive order aims to phase out cars with internal combustion engines within 15 years by requiring that all new passenger cars and trucks sold in California in 2035 be zero-emission vehicles.
According to California Governor Gavin Newsom, the executive order move will help California reduce carbon pollution in the transportation sector, which contributes to more than half of the state’s total greenhouse gas emissions.
“This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change. For too many decades, we have allowed cars to pollute the air that our children and families breathe. Californians shouldn’t have to worry if our cars are giving our kids asthma. Our cars shouldn’t make wildfires worse – and create more days filled with smoky air. Cars shouldn’t melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom.
The executive order instructs the California Air Resources Board to develop regulations to mandate that all new passenger cars and trucks sold in the state be zero-emission vehicles by 2035.
According to California Governor Gavin Newsom, this shift could reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions from cars by more than 35 percent.
Where feasible, the order further directs the California Air Resources Board to adopt regulations for medium- and heavy-duty vehicle operations to be zero-emission by 2045.
Though California Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order represents a clear push to phase out gasoline-powered vehicles, it does not prevent California residents from owning cars with internal combustion engines or bar their purchase on the used car market.
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