Earlier today, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that will ban the sale of gasoline and diesel-powered passenger vehicles in the state by the year 2035, a tremendous leap to fighting climate change in any state in the U.S. thus far.
- The executive order requires all new passenger vehicles sold in California to be zero-emission, which includes battery-powered electric cars, vehicles that run on hydrogen fuel cells, and plug-in hybrids that still use some gasoline or diesel in addition to electricity.
- The order would allow residents to still own gas-powered vehicles, and sell them in the used car market.
- In the state of California, transportation is responsible for 40% of the greenhouse gases emitted. Galvin argues that by limiting the sale of new gas-powered vehicles it would bring the emissions down by 35%
The announcement is followed days after a series of wildfires broke out during a gender reveal party. The fires burned 3.2M acres of land and claimed the lives of 33 individuals. The worst year in California's history, with temperatures that reached 121 degrees Fahrenheit.
Studies believe that the smoke caused by those fires claimed the lives of 1,000 individuals.
The executive order isn't the state's first effort in a zero-emission future. Previously Former Gov. Jerry Brown ordered state agencies to work toward a goal of putting 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California roadways by 2025. In 2015, he signed a non-binding agreement with 12 other North American and European governments, with the goal of making all new passenger vehicles sold in California zero-emission by 2050.
Governor Galvin stated in a press conference that "For too many decades, we have allowed cars to pollute the air that our children and families breathe. You deserve to have a car that doesn’t give your 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,"
Climate change is something that can't ignore anymore. We make the necessary steps to help reduce our carbon footprint the best way we can.
We cant reverse the environmental impacts we caused on our planet, but huge steps like these are a good indication that we're moving in the right direction.
Other countries like the UK and Germany have also implemented a similar car ban as well.
China has also planned to bring its carbon emissions down to net-zero by 2060.
The U.S. government must recognize the threat climate change pose and start making plans to reduce its carbon footprint as well. This cant be done under the Trump administration as they already displayed their disbelief in the existence of climate change.
Though the current administration shows its disbelief for climate change, I find it amazing that other state leaders believe in a cleaner future and recognize that our current environmental practices must be reformed!
Only time would tell what the future holds...
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