Second US state wants to ban gasoline carsOctober 22, 2020
California is certainly no stranger to progressive and often controversial laws. So it’s no surprise that the state governor, standing next to the new Ford Mustang Mach-E, signed an executive order banning the sale of new internal combustion engine vehicles by 2035. The second US state is now doing the same.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has just announced its own plan to ban the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles in 15 years. Currently, this is just a bold proposal that still needs to be spelled out in the law, and it actually goes beyond the established deadline until 2035. The ultimate goal of Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration is to cut Garden State emissions by 80% by 2050. The published document is quite appropriately called the “80×50 Report”.
“The 80×50 Report is a call to action for all of us in government and New Jersey to roll up our sleeves and develop the next generation of climate-focused laws and policies. Our administration has been actively fighting the climate crisis from day one. But the task before us requires more. As we learned from the Covid-19 crisis, we cannot take the time to take the necessary steps to prepare us for this next crisis, ”Governor Murphy said.
The 80×50 report includes additional recommendations such as developing solar, wind and other zero-carbon energy sources, introducing new technologies and policy initiatives to reduce overall emissions and protect forests and wetlands across the state.
Unsurprisingly, the federal government was dissatisfied with California’s decision. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler criticized the state’s plan, pointing out, among other things, that its electrical grid would not be able to handle the influx of electric vehicles. Fifteen years is enough time to resolve this and other related issues.
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