California to approve plan to ban sales of gas-powered cars by 2035 | California

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California is expected to ban the sale of new gasoline vehicles by 2035 as the state takes dramatic steps to reduce emissions and combat the climate emergency.

In a vote on Thursday, state regulators are expected to approve a plan to phase out sales of gas-powered cars in America’s largest auto market over the next 13 years. The move is being hailed as a major victory that could show others the way forward.

“This is monumental,” Daniel Sperling, a member of the California Air Resources Board (Carb), told CNN. “This is the most important thing Carb has done in the last 30 years. It is important not only for California, but also for the country and the world.”

The vote comes two years after the state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, issued an executive order requiring sales of new cars to be zero-emissions.

According to Carb, in 2021 only 12% of new cars sold in California were zero-emissions. The new rule would require the state to reach 35% of sales by 2026, 68% by 2030 and 100% by 2035. It would not affect cars already on the road.

The measure, which Sperling said would almost certainly pass, will be one of the first of its kind and set an example for other states that often look to California when setting their own standards. Sperling told CNN the proposal has faced “surprisingly little discussion” and resistance from automakers, who have ramped up electric vehicle production. General Motors has said it plans to sell only electric vehicles by 2035.

More than half of California’s carbon pollution comes from the transportation sector, Newsom pointed out when he announced his executive order in 2020. state.

“This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change,” Newsom said at the time. “Californians shouldn’t worry if our cars give our kids asthma. Our cars should not exacerbate wildfires – and create more days of smoky air. Cars must not melt glaciers or raise sea levels, threatening our beloved beaches and coastlines.”

Research has shown that a transition to electric cars would have significant impacts in the US, where transportation is the largest contributor to the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. A report released earlier this year by the American Lung Association shows that by 2050, the US could save 110,000 American lives, cut $1.2 trillion in public health costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 92% if it had gas-powered cars. trade it in for zero-emission cars.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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