Written by Lucas Murawsky (News Writer)
California Governor Gavin Newson signed an executive order banning production of any gas and diesel cars by 2035. “This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change,” said Governor Newsom in his speech, “For too many decades, we have allowed cars to pollute the air that our children and families breathe. Californians shouldn’t have to worry if our cars are giving our kids asthma. Our cars shouldn’t make wildfires worse and create more days filled with smoky air. Cars shouldn’t melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines.”
The order will allow the California Air Resources Board to make regulations that 100 percent of vehicle sales in the state will have zero emissions by 2035, however any medium to heavy duty vehicles will have to have zero emissions by 2045. If the order actually happens, we will see a 35 percent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions. The order will still allow you to own gas or diesel cars bought before the order goes into effect. The order also allows you to still sell your own vehicle on the market.
California is taking the biggest step among the other 15 states also trying to help stop climate change also. California in the past six months has already made regulations on making all truck manufacturers to have zero emissions by 2024, according to the California Air Resources Board.
I spoke with my neighbor who is a electric vehicle owner and what her pros and cons were with electric vehicles, “I feel strongly that we vote with our dollars towards what it is we want for our country, our community and the planet and so while I had an opportunity to buy a car, reducing emissions and addressing the global warming issues was a high value of mine, so I chose to go with an electric vehicle.” She said, “My driving commute is reasonable it is all of seven miles from home to my office and back. I made that transition from the petrol, chemical, gasoline fueled combustion engine cars to an electric vehicle. When I needed to make longer trips I’d usually do it with my husband’s car with greater range, a gas engine car. The cons obviously became really clear for me when we had to evacuate do to the the fire emergency here, I did not have the range with my electric vehicle to get me safely to our next place, and that actually ended up being more than a little inconvenient, it was a source of stress and to even trauma, I really almost had to abandon the vehicle a number of times because we were not able to find a charging station when we needed,” She stated. In speaking with my neighbor is it really a good idea to change gears and produce only electric vehicles?
By the time the order goes into effect, all the electric vehicles will be most likely cheaper and better than the current gas cars. The cost of owning an electric car is supposed to go down significantly lower than the current fossil fuel burning vehicles including maintenance and how much it costs the car per mile.
According to the executive order, the State Transportation Agency, Commission, in cooperation with the Department of Finance and other State agencies, by July 15, 2021, they have to make investment ideas to increase cleaner transportation. The order will also allow for new health and safety regulations that protect workers from any impacts that come from oil extraction.