Gas-powered cars to be banned in California in 2035

Governor Newsom has announced that California plans to phase out all gasoline-powered cars by 2035.

  • Gov. Newsom signed the executive order to help tackle climate change.
  • The executive order states that by 2035, all new cars and passenger trucks sold in California must be zero-emission vehicles.
  • Newsom: “Let us no longer be victims of geopolitical dictators that manipulate global supply chains and global markets.”

California Gov. Newsom has signed an executive order to tackle climate change.

The order aims to phase out all gasoline-powered cars with internal combustion engines by 2035. According to the California State Portal, ‘the transportation sector is responsible for more than half of all of California’s carbon pollution, 80 percent of smog-forming pollution and 95 percent of toxic diesel emissions – all while communities in the Los Angeles Basin and Central Valley see some of the dirtiest and most toxic air in the country’. Moving to zero-emission vehicles will help tackle these issues and thus, it should be seen as a vital step towards saving our environment. Nevertheless, CBS reported that the governor’s office has explained that it will still be legal to own or sell a used gasoline-powered vehicle.

According to FOX News, Gov. Gavin Newsom commented on the order:

Pull away from the gas pumps […] Let us no longer be victims of geopolitical dictators that manipulate global supply chains and global markets.

He also addressed the impact gasoline-powered cars have on the environment and our lives as he tweeted that “Cars shouldn’t give our kids asthma. Make wildfires worse. Melt glaciers. Or raise sea levels”. Furthermore, he explained that California’s new order means that the state will be joining 15 other countries who have also committed to phasing out gasoline-powered cars. It is important to note that this order comes during a time in which California is battling some of the worst wildfires.

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