California will ban the sale of gas-powered passenger vehicles within the next 15 years, Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, citing the need for “bold action” to confront climate change.
Ending the market for gas-powered passenger vehicles in California will drop greenhouse gas emissions by 35% in the Golden State, according to a press release. The rule, if implemented, would make California the first such state to seek a permanent phase-out of fuel-powered vehicles, according to The Detroit News.
The order directs the California Air Resources Board to develop regulations to meet the 2035 deadline, according to the press release. Newsom also ordered the agency to require all medium and heavy-duty trucks to be gas-free by 2045. (RELATED: Here’s Why Californians Are Getting Reamed At The Gas Pump Despite Rock-Bottom Oil Prices)
“Cars shouldn’t give our kids asthma. Make wildfires worse. Melt glaciers. Or raise sea levels,” Newsom told his Twitter followers Wednesday after suggesting “bold action” is needed to confront the “climate crisis.” His state accounts for roughly 11% of all U.S. vehicle sales in the U.S., Reuters reported Wednesday.
Newsom’s decision comes amid high gas prices, wildfires, and rolling blackouts, the last of which is partially the result of the state’s transition away from fossil fuels, according to the governor. Eliminating fossil fuel products and shifting to green energy has led to “gaps” in the energy grid’s reliability, Newsom said during a press conference in August.
Transitioning away from fossil fuels is a “moral and ethical imperative as it relates to the kind of world we’re going to leave, the kind of state and nation we’re going to leave for our kids and grandkids,” he said during the press conference, which was intended to address both wildfires and rolling blackouts.
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