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California to Ban Sales of New Gas-Powered Cars Starting in 2035
Alejandro Lazo, Russell Gold and Micah Maidenberg
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an order Wednesday that aims to end
the sale of new gasoline and diesel-powered passenger cars in the state
About 2% of all new car sales in the U.S. last year for electric
vehicles. In California, that figure was 5.3%, according to the
California New Car Dealers Association.
Mr. Newsom said in a statement that the widespread adoption of
zero-emission vehicles would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help to
combat climate change. The transportation sector is responsible for more
than half of carbon pollution in California, the Democrat said.
The announcement comes as Mr. Newsom has emphasized climate change as a
key cause of the historically disastrous fires that have ravaged the
state in the past month. Experts have said California has become more
susceptible to fast-moving, destructive wildfires due in part to climate
change, which causes trees and plants to dry out and become more
flammable, as well as overgrown forests and an increase in housing in
“Of all the simultaneous crises that we face as a state…none is more
forceful than the issue of the climate crisis,” Mr. Newsom said while
standing in front of several electric cars. “What we’re advancing here
today is a strategy to address that crisis head on, to be as bold as the
problem is big.”
A spokesman for President Trump, whose administration has repeatedly
sparred with California on environmental regulations, criticized the move.
“This is yet another example of how extreme the left has become,” said
White House spokesman Judd Deere. “They want the government to dictate
every aspect of every American’s life, and the lengths to which they
will go to destroy jobs and raise costs on the consumer is alarming.
President Trump won’t stand for it.”
Global satellite data indicate wildfires are becoming bigger and more
intense. WSJ talks with NASA’s Doug Morton to understand the science
behind what’s making the planet more flammable and making fires harder
to control. Noah Berger/Associated Press
The Trump administration is already waging a legal battle against
California over its special authority to regulate tailpipe emissions,
which was established by the Clean Air Act in 1970. The case is
currently before a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. Its outcome
could determine whether Mr. Newsom’s new executive order can be implemented
John Bozella, chief executive of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation,
a trade group that represents major U.S. and overseas-based auto
manufacturers, said his members are committed to expanding their
electric-vehicle offerings, but mandates like the one issued by Mr.
Newsom aren’t the best way to build a successful market.
“What builds successful markets is widespread stakeholder engagement,”
among governments, auto makers, utilities, infrastructure providers and
others, Mr. Bozzella, said in a statement.
Electric vehicles account for less than 10% of new vehicle sales in
California, but more work must be done to increase consumer demand for
vehicles that don’t generate emissions, Mr. Bozzella said, pointing to
the need for additional infrastructure and incentives.
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A spokeswoman for Ford said: “We agree with Gov. Newsom that it’s time
to take urgent action to address climate change...Progress requires
public-private partnerships, smart infrastructure and key resources that
encourage consumers to invest in electrified products. We look forward
to continuing to do our part to drive this transformation.”
The order is aimed at new car sales and won’t prohibit Californians from
owning or selling existing gas-powered cars, Mr. Newsom said.
Electric vehicles don’t have any tailpipe emissions of greenhouse gases.
However, the electricity used to charge these vehicles can be generated
with fossil fuels. California has taken strides in recent years to make
its electricity grid cleaner and use more wind, solar, geothermal and
other resources that don’t generate any emissions linked to climate change.
—Tim Puko contributed to this article.
Write to Alejandro Lazo at alejandro.lazo-at-wsj.com, Russell Gold at
russell.gold-at-wsj.com and Micah Maidenberg at micah.maidenberg-at-wsj.com
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