California, the biggest buyer of vehicles in the U.S., is banning sales of new gasoline- and diesel-powered cars and trucks in the state by 2035 with an executive order signed by Governor Gavin Newsom. It’s the single-most aggressive such action ever taken by any U.S. state or nation to fight carbon pollution that’s fueling higher temperatures and wildfires in California and persistent air-quality problems from automotive exhaust.
“To get to a carbon-free economy by 2045 we can’t get there without transportation,” Newsom said in a webcast today. “We are marking a new course … with a firm goal that by 2035 we will eliminate in the state of California sales of internal combustion engines.”
While new carbon-fueled vehicles can’t be purchased after the law takes effect, “you can keep your current car or buy a used car,” he said. “We’re not taking anything away.”
With a population of 40 million the state buys more than 10% of all new cars and trucks sold in the U.S. annually and is the country’s biggest market for electric vehicles, with about 750,000 on the road today. California also has 34 companies making or planning to produce electric vehicles, most notably Palo Alto-based Tesla TSLA -10.3%. The combined value of this company’s “half a trillion dollars,” Newsom said.
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I wonder what the Auto-Industry has to say about this? I wonder what their lobbyists are going to do about this? I wonder what the auto unions funds for elections will go?
Maybe Newsolini could collaborate with his Communist Chinese owners to have THEM reduce THEIR carbon footprint….
California is slitting its own economic throat to virtue signal to its vocal liberal minority…
Time to look elsewhere before the real economic pain hits…