The California Air Quality Agency (CARB, for its acronym in English), will debate the goals set in September 2020 by Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, and which should encourage other states to follow suit.
The project, with different stages, has a “99.9%” chance of being approvedaccording to one of the CARB members, Daniel Sperling.
By 2026, one-third of vehicle sales in California must be zero-emission cars. In other words, only electric vehicles, hydrogen and some hybrid models. And by 2030 the volume will be two thirds of sales.
However, this will not prevent Californians from owning internal combustion vehicles or reselling them on the used market.
“It’s monumental,” Sperling stressed. “It’s the most important thing the agency in charge of air quality has done in the last thirty years. It’s important not just for California, but for the country and the world”, he commented.
Transportation is the largest source of planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, accounting for 29% of all emissions. Within the transportation sector, tourism and trucks are the largest contributors, accounting for 58% of all transportation-related emissions and 17% of total US carbon emissions.
“We are proud to reaffirm California’s longstanding authority to lead the fight against pollution from cars and trucks,” said Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan. “Reinstating an approach that for years has helped advance clean technology and reduce air pollution for people not just in California, but for the United States as a whole”.
California, with its more than 40 million consumers, is the largest market in the United States and its laws have an impact on manufacturing production throughout the country.
General Motors already announced in January 2021 its intention not to build more vehicles with polluting emissions by 2035even though the group has not openly committed to offering only electric cars in 13 years.
If adopted, the California rule would come on the heels of President Joe Biden enacting a massive climate and health investment plan last week, including a $370 billion budget to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.
(With information from AFP)
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