California made it official last week — the state will ban sales of new gasoline-powered cars after 2035.
Gov. Gavin Newsom, who issued the executive order that led to the approval of the ban by the Air Resources Board, issued his characteristic boast about California being ahead.
“The climate crisis is solvable if we focus on the big, bold steps needed to stem the tide of carbon pollution,” Newsom said. “California now has a groundbreaking, world-leading plan to achieve 100% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035. It’s ambitious, it’s innovative, it’s the action we need to take if we’re serious about making this the best plan for future generations. “
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