California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Wednesday that California will no longer permit new gasoline-powered cars and passenger trucks to be sold in the state beginning in 2035.
This announcement coincides with California’s zero-emission goal, which gasoline-powered transportation currently contradicts. According to the announcement, gasoline vehicle emissions account for more than 50 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.
“This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change,” said Newsom.
For too many decades, we have allowed cars to pollute the air that our children and families breathe. Californians shouldn’t have to worry if our cars are giving our kids asthma. Our cars shouldn’t make wildfires worse—and create more days filled with smoky air. Cars shouldn’t melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines.
Per the order announced Wednesday, the California Air Resources Board will begin creating regulations that phase out 100 percent of all in-state sales of passenger cars and trucks that produce gasoline emissions. The state will permit ownership of traditional gasoline-powered passenger vehicles and for used-car lots to sell gasoline-powered cars and trucks.