California to ban gas-powered car sales by 2035

An executive order signed by California Governer Gavin Newsom will outlaw the sale of all new internal combustion passenger vehicles by 2035

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California has long had an association with being at the forefront of EV and clean-air legislation within the United States, and although seemingly radical, the Governer's recent decision to ban the sale of ICE (internal combustion engine) cars after 2035 comes as no surprise.

For the past five years, we've been hearing 'pledges' from automakers and governments alike as they promised to either "fully electrify their lineup" or to ban the sale of non-hybrid/EV passenger vehicles.

However, most of these announcements are usually little more than large-scale publicity stunts to qualm the fears of environmentalists and their lobbyists.

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

"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."

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A spokesman for the Institute for Energy Research (a think tank which often sides with 'big-oil'"), however, called the Governor's announcement "another silly distraction from real problems."

"Driving cars is not what causes forest fires or makes them worse," said David Kreutzer, a senior economist at the Institute for Energy Research. "If people want to drive electric cars, they'll buy them. You don't have to eliminate the competition."

We have yet to see if California's recent announcement is yet more political manipulation. But regardless, this is still a notable development as Los Angeles and the surrounding areas are famous for their car culture.

And although the executive order signed by Governor Gavin Newsom is the most aggressive clean-vehicle policy in the United States, it does not ban the sale or ownership of ICE vehicles made before 2035.

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Comments (238)

  • Meanwhile, also in California, last month they experienced their largest power outages in history. Sounds like this plan was well thought out like all California ideas. The power grid can't keep up as it is.

      1 month ago
    • People charge at night when power usage is very low. If the current provider can’t fix the grid get rid of them easy fix.

        1 month ago
    • This is not correct. The power distribution at night is around 80% in urban areas.

        1 month ago
  • "Our cars shouldn't make wildfires worse" - a cute way to misdirect blame.

    There are crooked politicians, and then there are California politicians.

      1 month ago
    • Cars are a major indirect cause of the fires. How is that a misdirection?

        1 month ago
    • NO they are not. During the lock downs at the beginning of the year green house gas emissions in the US dropped buy 5%. To meet targets for Climate Change, we need to reduce it by 7.5%.... YEAR OVER YEAR. In addition to a lot fewer cars on the road...

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        1 month ago
  • Going electric will be just about as bad as the current situation. The overload on factories and miners will skyrocket emissions and put even more stress on the environment. Plus, where are they gonna dump the lithium from the batteries when they die? That stuff is super toxic.

      1 month ago
    • This is simply not true. Currently, a BEV takes about 20% more CO2 to make, but makes up for that in the first year of operations. And no, lithium isn’t toxic in low concentrations. It is even commonly found in tap water.

        1 month ago
    • I already made comment about this. Two things, one mining of precious metals, like gold require cyanide that sits in mine tailings for years contaminating soil and ground waters. Second is recycling enormous number of batteries and...

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        1 month ago
  • The simple issue is that there are too many humans and no practical mass transit systems. Welcome to communistfornia.

      1 month ago
    • While that could be an issue, how it that relevant to the topic.

        1 month ago
    • more people take mass transit = less people using cars = no need to ban internal combustion car sales

        1 month ago
  • I support lowering the carbon footprint that cars create, but I’m not sure that you can complete eliminate an ICE and switch to fully electric vehicles with having the infrastructure in place. If California can do it in 15 years, I’ll support it 100%. But having every household plug in their cars at night isn’t going to lend itself to a happy community

      1 month ago

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