California Lawmaker Introduces Bill Calling for All-Electric Car Sales by 2040
Proposed legislation follows up on state agency adopting plan to cut climate-changing gases another 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
A California lawmaker wants to set a deadline for the state to prohibit the sale of new gas and diesel-powered vehicles in the state by 2040.
Vehicles run on fossil fuels are behind almost 40 percent of California's greenhouse gas emissions, the San Francisco Democrat noted in a news release. "By spurring the use of zero emissions vehicles, we’re creating a mechanism to ensure a healthier future for Californians, and the entire region.”
The legislation would mandate all new passengers vehicles be zero-emission after Jan. 1, 2040. It would exempt large commercial vehicles and vehicles owned by people moving to California from another state.
In December, the California Air Resources Board approved a plan to reduced climate-changing gasses an additional 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
“At a time when science shows us that climate change is happening faster than anticipated, California is responding with a bold plan that rises to meet this global challenge,” said CARB Chair Mary Nichols. “It builds on proven actions and presents a template for other jurisdictions who are also committed to preventing the worst impacts of a warming planet.”