All new cars sold in California by 2035 must be zero-emissions, according to plans the state is expected to pass this week as the United States’ largest economy embarks on a nationwide fossil-fuel development.
Proposals being discussed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) this week will formalize the goals set by Gov. Gavin Newsom — and likely steer other U.S. states in the same direction.
The plans, which board member Daniel Sperling recently told CNN he is “99.9 percent” confident they will pass, also include phased steps that mandate that more than a third of auto sales in the state be zero-emissions by 2026 will be and over two-thirds by 2030.
“This is monumental,” Sperling told CNN. “This is the most important thing CARB has done in the last 30 years. It’s important not only to California, but to the country and the world.”
California is the largest market in the United States with more than 40 million consumers.
Therefore, the rules imposed there are affecting manufacturers’ production schedules across the country and beyond, as they cannot afford to miss them.
That means California can effectively set national standards.
The likely sentencing Thursday follows a climate bill signed into law by US President Joe Biden last week that will provide hundreds of millions of dollars in stimulus for clean energy programs.
Biden and his Democratic Party are rushing to make up ground on climate policy they believe was lost under former President Donald Trump, who yanked the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement and reversed what many environmentalists considered already weak View progress in tackling fossil fuel emissions that drive global warming.
In recent years, jurisdictions around the world, particularly in Europe, have targeted the polluting automotive sector.
Norway wants all new cars to be emission-free by 2025.
The UK, Singapore and Israel are looking to 2030, while the European Union aims to end sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035.
Man-made global warming has already increased average temperatures around the world, affecting weather patterns and worsening natural hazards like wildfires and storms.
Scientists say drastic measures are needed to limit the damage, pointing out that curbing emissions from fossil fuels is key to the fight.
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