Gov. Gavin Newsom file photo
Written by Edward Smith
With the stroke of a pen Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom today announced that the sale of new gasoline-powered cars and trucks would end in California by 2035.
In a move to address threats of climate change and air quality, Newsom signed the executive order outside Disneyland California Adventure in Anaheim.
Gasoline-powered automobile owners would still be able to keep their cars and used cars could still be sold and traded, but new cars would no longer be sold.
Part of the order included reducing carbon emissions by 35%.
Newsom said the trend has been toward zero-emission vehicles and that the executive order would prompt auto manufacturers to advance technology to meet the restrictions to be able to sell in the state.
“This is the next big global industry and California wants to dominate it,” Newsom said. “Today, California will make a big bold movement toward it.”
Others were more skeptical about the effects of the order.
“The fact is that Californians cannot survive without oil and gas or petroleum byproducts. These products are not just the gas in our cars, they are the asphalt on our roads, the plastic holding together electric vehicles, medical equipment vulnerable patients rely on, footballs our children play with, telephones, toothpaste, trash bags, and so much more,” said California Senator Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield. “Instead of producing it under the strictest environmental regulations in the world, our state will be doing more business with foreign regimes that have abysmal environmental and human rights standards.”
Grove’s district extends into Tulare County.
Newsom hoped that the order would set an example for the rest of the world.
“This is a trend line that will be a headline for the rest of the world,” said Newsom.