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California Plans to Ban Sales of Gas-Powered Cars by 2035

Added 09-23-20 09:06:02pm EST - “Governor Gavin Newsom outlines an ambitious plan for the nation's largest state to rely exclusively on electric-powered passenger cars and trucks.” - Wired.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Wired.com: “California Plans to Ban Sales of Gas-Powered Cars by 2035”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday that sets an ambitious plan to eliminate sales of gas-powered cars and trucks in the state by 2035. The order, the nation’s first that would ban gasoline engines, directs the state’s Air Resources Board to draft rules to require the sales of more electric-powered vehicles. “This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change,” Newsom said at a press conference.

California has had a monstrous few weeks. Startling in August, freak lightning storms, errant campfires, and a gender reveal party ignited fast-racing wildfires across the state, which blanketed homes outside the firelines with ash and turned the skies above the Bay Area a dusky tangerine. Heat waves have buffeted the West Coast, with California’s Death Valley hitting 130 degrees Fahrenheit, the third-highest temperature ever recorded on Earth. At least 25 people have died in western wildfires this season. Oh, plus global pandemic.

“This is a climate damn emergency,” Newsom said earlier this month as he surveyed the damage from one fire. “This is real and it’s happening. This is the perfect storm.”

Wednesday, Newsom outlined a plan to turn the emergency into action. Transportation accounts for 40 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, and is a major source of the air pollution that leads to asthma, heart disease, and lung cancer. A report published earlier this year found the state is not on track to meet its 2030 emission goals—but that reducing the number of gas-guzzlers on the roads could help.

“This is really significant, because it sends a clear signal about where California is going in terms of its vehicle fleet,” says Ethan Elkind, who directs the climate program at the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at the University of California Berkeley.

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