US CA Gas Powered Car Ban (CR)
California to ban new gas engine car sales by 2035
Story No.: apus142882
Dateline: 23 September 2020 - Sacramento
Date: 09/23/2020 07:35 PM
Sacramento, California – 23 September 2020
1. California Gov. Gavin Newsom walks past parked electric cars with California Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Gavin Newsom, (D) California:
"By 2035 in the next 15 years, we will eliminate in the state of California the sales of internal combustion engines. We will move forward to green and de-carbonize our vehicle fleet here in the state of California. As a consequence, substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as oxide nitrogen, meaning NOx emissions here in the state of California."
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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Gavin Newsom, (D) California:
"And so I couldn't be more proud today to sign this executive order moving forward by not denying people the ability to keep their cars after 15 years. You can still keep your internal combustion engine car. You can still have a market for used cars. You can trade and transfer those cars. We're not taking anything away. We're providing an abundance of new choices and new technology."
4. Newsom signs executive order on the hood of a red electric Ford Mustang SUV
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California will halt sales of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, a move he says will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35% in the nation's most populous state.
The proposed rule would not ban people from owning gas-powered cars or selling them on the used car market. But it would end the sales of all new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in the state of nearly 40 million people.
California and the roughly dozen states that follow its lead on auto emissions standards make up a significant part of the U.S. auto market, giving the day's move huge potential impact for the U.S. automobile industry as well as for long-term efforts against pollution and climate change, which is driven by fossil-fuel emissions. It also is likely to meet opposition from President Donald Trump, who wants to roll back tougher Obama-era auto emissions standards and is battling California to force it to comply.
California already has rules mandating a certain percentage of new car sales must be electric or zero-emission vehicles. This rule, if implemented, would make California the first U.S. state with a plan to phase them out completely.
At least 15 other countries have already made similar commitments, including Germany, France and Norway.
Newsom's order directs the California Air Resources Board to develop and approve regulations to meet the 2035 deadline. He also ordered them to make a rule requiring all medium and heavy-duty trucks be 100% zero-emission vehicles by 2045 "where feasible."
Newsom also directed state agencies to speed up development of charging stations across the state and called on the Legislature to eliminate new fracking licenses by 2024.
Fracking is a technique that allows energy companies to extract huge volumes of oil and gas from shale rock deep underground. It involves injecting high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals into rock. Fracking opponents say the chemicals involved threaten water supplies and public health.
California has a goal of relying 100% on clean, renewable energy by 2045. Gasoline and diesel-powered cars and trucks are the biggest impediment to reaching that goal as they account for more than half of the state's carbon pollution.
The order comes as massive wildfires have burned a record 5,600 square miles (14,500 square kilometers) in California this year. Experts say the size and intensity of the fires are aided by warmer temperatures and years of drought brought on by climate change.
|Subjects:||Automotive technology , Industrial technology , Technology , Automobile manufacturing , Consumer product manufacturing , Consumer products and services , Business , Oil and gas exploration and extraction , Oil and gas industry , Energy industry , Energy and the environment , Environment , Environment and nature , State governments , Government and politics , Environmental concerns , Pollution , Air pollution , Air quality , Air pollution , Pollution laws and regulations , Pollution laws and regulations , Environmental laws and regulations , Government regulations , Environmental laws and regulations , Electric vehicles , Green vehicle technology , Green technology , Green technology , Vehicle emissions standards , Emissions laws and regulations , Emissions laws and regulations , Vehicle emissions standards , Automotive industry regulation , Industry regulation , Government business and finance , Government business and finance , Industry regulation , Energy and utilities regulation , Hydraulic fracturing|
|People:||Donald Trump , Gavin Newsom|
|Organisations:||California Air Resources Board, California state government|
|Locations:||Sacramento , California , United States , North America|
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