California has taken a dramatic step forward in its battle to combat its gradual slide into climate change hell. On Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced his signing of an executive order that will prohibit the sale of new cars with an internal combustion engine in the Golden State starting in 2035.
In a press release, Newsom’s office said, “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.”
It’s an aggressive move to tackle the greatest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the state as well as the U.S. at-large. The state accounts for a shocking 1% of entire global oil demand, and is the second-biggest state consumers of gas in the U.S. after Texas.
While sales of new internal combustion vehicles will be banned, Californians will still be allowed to drive and sell the gas guzzlers that they already own after the 2035 deadline passes. The order also doesn’t cover all vehicles sold in the state. Regulators are instructed to develop and propose new rules that set the auto industry on track to ban any new medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that burn fossil fuels a “feasible” reality by 2045. California, Oregon, and Washington are considering a proposal for an electric highway that could spur more widespread adoption of electric freight shipping.