California to Ban Sale of New Gasoline-Powered Cars

The state of California will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars, according to reports.

The move was revealed in a report from the New York Times.

In a major push to meet the Democrats’ green agenda, the ban will take effect in 2035, too soon for many who doubt Gavin Newsom can pull this off.

The rule will be issued by the California Air Resources Board tomorrow.

It will require 100 percent of all new cars sold in the state by 2035 to be free of fossil fuel emissions.

The rule will set interim targets that many believe will be impossible to meet.

The rule will require that 35 percent of new passenger vehicles sold in the state by 2026 produce zero emissions.

That is supposed to jump to 68 percent by 2030.

According to the Times, “California is expected to put into effect on Thursday its sweeping plan to prohibit the sale of new gasoline-powered cars by 2035, a groundbreaking move that could have major effects on the effort to fight climate change and accelerate a global transition toward electric vehicles.”

“This is huge,” said Margo Oge, an electric vehicles expert who headed the Environmental Protection Agency’s transportation emissions program under Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

“California will now be the only government in the world that mandates zero-emission vehicles. It is unique.”

“The climate crisis is solvable if we focus on the big, bold steps necessary to stem the tide of carbon pollution,” Gavin Newsom said in a statement.

John Bozzella, president of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, said California’s new electric vehicle mandates would be “extremely challenging” to pull off.

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“Whether or not these requirements are realistic or achievable is directly linked to external factors like inflation, charging and fuel infrastructure, supply chains, labor, critical mineral availability and pricing, and the ongoing semiconductor shortage,” Mr. Bozzella told the Times.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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