September 28, 2020

California Order Would Ban Gas Engines In Cars By 2035

On September 23, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) signed an executive order that commits the state of California to banning the sales of new gas vehicles by the year 2035.

As Politico explains, “The California Air Resources Board will be tasked with writing the vehicle rules” while “other agencies will be directed to support the development of zero-emission vehicle charging stations, and medium- and heavy-duty trucks will be mandated to be zero-emission by 2045 where feasible.” In a press conference, Gov. Newsom said, “In the next 15 years we will eliminate in the state of California the sales of internal combustion engines.”

Gov. Newsom’s order also:

  • Sets deliverables for new health and safety regulations to “protect workers and communities from the impacts of oil extraction”;
  • Supports companies that transition their upstream and downstream oil production operations to cleaner alternatives; and
  • Directs the state to make sure taxpayers “are not stuck with the bill to safely close and remediate former oil fields.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, the governor also called on state lawmakers to pass legislation to ban hydraulic fracturing.

Click here to read the governor’s press release and the executive order.