Governor Newsom Executive Order Bans Gas, Diesel Cars by 2035

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On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced new order that will prohibit the sale of all new gasoline powered vehicles beginning in 2035.

The California Air Resources Board will develop regulations to mandate that 100 percent of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks are zero-emission by 2035 – a target which would achieve more than a 35 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and an 80 percent improvement in oxides of nitrogen emissions from cars statewide. In addition, the Air Resources Board will develop regulations to mandate that all operations of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles shall be 100 percent zero emission by 2045 where feasible, with the mandate going into effect by 2035 for drayage trucks.

To ensure needed infrastructure to support zero-emission vehicles, the order requires state agencies, in partnership with the private sector, to accelerate deployment of affordable fueling and charging options. It also requires support of new and used zero-emission vehicle markets to provide broad accessibility to zero-emission vehicles for all Californians. The executive order will not prevent Californians from owning gasoline-powered cars or selling them on the used car market.


Here is the official Press Release:

Executive order directs state to require that, by 2035, all new cars and passenger trucks sold in California be zero-emission vehicles  

Transportation currently accounts for more than 50 percent of California’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions   

Zero-emission vehicles are a key part of California’s clean, innovation economy – already California’s second largest global export market  

Order also directs the state to take more actions to tackle the dirtiest oil extraction and support workers and job retention and creation as we make a just transition away from fossil fuels  

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that he will aggressively move the state further away from its reliance on climate change-causing fossil fuels while retaining and creating jobs and spurring economic growth – he issued an executive order requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035 and additional measures to eliminate harmful emissions from the transportation sector.

The transportation sector is responsible for more than half of all of California’s carbon pollution, 80 percent of smog-forming pollution and 95 percent of toxic diesel emissions – all while communities in the Los Angeles Basin and Central Valley see some of the dirtiest and most toxic air in the country.

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

Following the order, the California Air Resources Board will develop regulations to mandate that 100 percent of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks are zero-emission by 2035 – a target which would achieve more than a 35 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and an 80 percent improvement in oxides of nitrogen emissions from cars statewide. In addition, the Air Resources Board will develop regulations to mandate that all operations of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles shall be 100 percent zero emission by 2045 where feasible, with the mandate going into effect by 2035 for drayage trucks. To ensure needed infrastructure to support zero-emission vehicles, the order requires state agencies, in partnership with the private sector, to accelerate deployment of affordable fueling and charging options. It also requires support of new and used zero-emission vehicle markets to provide broad accessibility to zero-emission vehicles for all Californians. The executive order will not prevent Californians from owning gasoline-powered cars or selling them on the used car market.

California will be leading the nation in this effort – joining 15 countries that have already committed to phase out gasoline-powered cars and using our market power to push zero-emission vehicle innovation and drive down costs for everyone.

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 upfront cost of electric vehicles are projected to reach parity with conventional vehicles in just a matter of years, and the cost of owning the car – both in maintenance and how much it costs to power the car mile for mile – is far less than a fossil fuel burning vehicle.

The executive order sets clear deliverables for new health and safety regulations that protect workers and communities from the impacts of oil extraction. It supports companies who transition their upstream and downstream oil production operations to cleaner alternatives. It also directs the state to make sure taxpayers are not stuck with the bill to safely close and remediate former oil fields. To protect the health and safety of our communities and workers, the Governor is also asking the Legislature to end the issuance of new hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024.

The executive order directs state agencies to develop strategies for an integrated, statewide rail and transit network, and incorporate safe and accessible infrastructure into projects to support bicycle and pedestrian options, particularly in low-income and disadvantaged communities.

The text of today’s executive order can be found here and a copy can be found here.

This action continues the Governor’s commitment to strengthening California’s resilience while lowering carbon emissions – essential to meeting California’s air quality and climate goals. In the last six months alone, the California Air Resources Board has approved new regulations requiring truck manufacturers to transition to electric zero-emission trucks beginning in 2024 and the Governor signed an MOU with 14 other states to advance and accelerate the market for electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Last fall, California led a multi-state coalition in filing a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to revoke portions of a 2013 waiver that allows the state to implement its Advanced Clean Car Standards.

Last September, Governor Newsom took action to leverage the state’s transportation systems and purchasing power to strengthen climate mitigation and resiliency and to measure and manage climate risks across the state’s $700 billion pension investments. To mitigate climate threats to our communities and increase carbon sequestration, the Governor invested in forest health and fuel reduction and held utilities accountable for building resiliency. The Governor also directed state agencies to develop a comprehensive strategy to build a climate-resilient water system and made a historic investment to develop the workforce for California’s future carbon-neutral economy.

12 COMMENTS

  1. The guy is OUT OF FU**ING CONTROL!!
    Rule with an IRON FIST! Something has to be done about this POS!

  2. Is This moron stupid or does he really believe the crap hes smoking. CALIFORNIA CANT EVEN MUSTER ENOUGH JUICE FOR ITS A.C. UNITS. Does he really think PG&E CAN HANDLE OPEC LEVELS OF ENERGY? IF ANY 2-SOME NEWSOM HAS ISSUES WITH HIS CARBON FOOTPRINT. THEN GET AN OINTMENT …AND LEAVE US THE HELL ALONE!

  3. Of all the things to get upset about….what a load of nonsense. We onviously need to confront climate change and deal with it. Otherwise, that Martian day we had a few weeks ago will be commonplace and we’ll be choking to death. The only issue with electric vehicles these days is the expense, and range anxiety. Since we have 15 years to prepare for this, the technology will only improve and we have nothing to worry about. You guys whining about tyranny…..give me a break

    • There have been climatic changes since the earth existed, even before humans evolved. A nice talk with THE SUN would be a good start. However, the main problem is TOO MANY HUMANS! Also, the distribution of humans throughout the country needs to be looked at. Look at the roads and highways built with blacktop which absorbs so much heat. You can make an omelette or fry an egg on that hot surface! People moving into wooded areas where fires usually start when the underbrush is not properly maintained, will cause fires annually. Then the people move right back into the same areas and rebuild. Less and less rainfall. We used to get more before an increase in the population. In CA alone, I checked the population totals for the 1930’s through 2020 … and they are staggering! More houses, more cars … a real contribution to climatic changes.

    • What climate change ya moronic denier of REAL SCIENCE. you commie b.s. pushers are the flat earthers. YA DEMON (WOODEN HEADED) RATS have CO2 on the brains from all that seltzer water! co2 is a fertalizer, dunce. IT IS NOT A TOXIN, NOT DANGEROUS GREENHOUSE GAS.

      OK. ONCE AGAIN BOYS N GIRLS, HUMANS BREATH IN OXYGEN AND EXPELL OUT CO2.

      PLANTS BREATH IN CO2 AND EXPELL OXYGEN ,

      GOT IT CHUCKY?

  4. Cattle ranching causes more greenhouse gases. And they won’t even talk about nuclear energy, which is needed if they want their transition to cleaner energy. Super lame

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