California Governor Bans Sale Of New Gas-Powered Vehicles By 2035

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On Wednesday, Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom signe an executive order that bans the sale of non-zero emission new cars by 2035.

“This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change,” said Newsom in a statement. “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.”

Democratic Assemblymember Jim Cooper responded to the order in a tweet questioning how most Californians would afford electric vehicles. “Last year, @CARB said the overall mean purchase price of a CA household’s main vehicle was $14,000, which is over half of their yearly income! The EV’s pictured in today’s signing of the EO cost more than $50k each. How will my constituents afford an EV? They can’t. They currently drive 11-year-old vehicles. This doesn’t even take into account the strain an all electric vehicle fleet will have on our state electric grid.”

However, the statement from the governor’s office did say “By the time the new rule goes into effect, zero-emission vehicles will almost certainly be cheaper and better than the traditional fossil fuel powered cars.” The statement did not explain why consumers would choose a more expensive and worse traditional vehicle over a “cheaper and better” zero-emission vehicle, if the executive order had not been enacted.