California to ban sales of new gasoline-powered cars
California Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that the state will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars and trucks by 2035. The move will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35% in the country's most populous state, he said. Writes about it Fox Business.
His plan does not prohibit people from owning gas vehicles or selling them in the used car market. But it will end sales of all new gasoline-powered cars and trucks in the state, which is home to nearly 40 million people.
“Let's no longer be victims of geopolitical dictators who manipulate global supply chains and global markets,” Newsom urged in announcing his decision.
White House spokesman Judd Deere said Newsom's order would hurt the economy and be “another example of how radical the Democrats have become. They want the government to dictate every aspect of every American's life. "
California is the fifth largest economy in the world, and Californians account for more than one in every 10 new cars sold in the US. Market intervention means Newsom's decree could have a huge impact on the country's auto industry and global efforts to reduce pollution.
California already has rules that a certain percentage of new car sales must be electric or zero-emission vehicles. This rule will make California the first US state to completely eliminate gasoline cars.
At least 15 other countries have already made similar commitments, including Germany, France and Norway.
Exhaust fumes from cars, pickup trucks, trailers with trailers and other vehicles are the largest source of air pollution. Jessica Caldwell, executive director of car price analysis at Edmunds.com, said Newsom's statement "does sound like a serious shot against" the internal combustion engine.
She expects such an initiative in California to spark a high-level response in all car companies that have switched to electric vehicles, but did not expect to achieve zero emissions in 15 years. Automakers may have to rethink production and capex plans, she said.
The Automotive Innovation Alliance, representing most automakers including Ford, which Newsom has praised for its efforts to tackle pollution, said the industry is aiming for more electric vehicles and will work with California.
CEO John Bozzella called for a common effort involving all governments - local, state and federal, as well as automakers and other businesses. “This will require increased infrastructure, incentives, vehicle fleet requirements, building codes and more,” Bozzell said in a statement.
A dozen or so states are following California's lead with car emission standards that are stricter than federal regulations. If these states follow suit for zero-emission vehicles, they will have a huge impact on the US auto industry.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump wants to end tougher emission standards from Obama-era cars and will fight the new rule in California.
Newsom's executive order directs the California Air Resources Board to develop and approve regulations to meet the 2035 deadline. He also told them to introduce a rule requiring all medium and heavy duty trucks to be 2045% zero-emission by 100 "where possible."
Avoiding petrol and diesel vehicles would mean less pollution that threatens the health of Californians, said Fred Krupp, head of the Environmental Defense Fund.
Krupp said in a statement that it will be good for the state's economy. “This plan to create affordable, zero-emission vehicles will enable California to create next-generation jobs - jobs that Europe and China also hope to get,” he said.
Newsom also directed agencies to accelerate the development of charging stations across the state and urged the Legislature to revoke new fracking licenses by 2024.
Fracking is a technique that allows energy companies to extract huge amounts of oil and gas from shale rock deep underground. It involves injecting mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals into the formation under high pressure. Opponents of this method say the chemicals threaten water supplies and public health.
Cassie Siegel, director of the Climate Law Institute at the Center for Biological Diversity, called Newsom's decree "a big step," but said it "represents words, not real action, on another important part of the climate challenge, California's oil production."
California aims to fully rely on clean, renewable energy sources by 2045. Gasoline and diesel powered cars and trucks are the biggest obstacle to this goal, as they account for more than half of the state's emissions.
The decree was issued in connection with the fact that this year in California wildfires engulfed a record territory - 14 square kilometers. Experts say the size and intensity of the fires are fueled by warmer temperatures and drought years caused by climate change.
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