California Plans to Ban Sales of Gasoline Vehicles from 2035 in Contrast to Trump’s Policy

California has become a pioneer in the field of environment-related concerns as it committed to adopting strict regulations against carbon emission. Governor of California, Gavin Newsom said Wednesday, September 23, 2020, in a conference that the state had the policy to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger vehicles including cars and trucks starting in 2035. Newsom added that the decision was taken in the light of the prevailing transformation of the US automobile industry as the top automakers have shifted their market outlook to electric vehicles (EVs).

Many automakers in the country put their concerns and considered the move as a big challenge for them given the situation of limited time to implement changes. Republican leaders criticized the move of the Governor since it clashed with the policies of the Trump administration, which supported the continuation of using fossil fuel for automobiles in the United States (US).

California’s Initiative for Emission Control

The latest move of the US most-populous state was part of Newsom’s attempt to strengthen environmental policy to combat climate change by illustrating the example of the ongoing bushfire outbreak in the Western US. The Democratic governor told a news conference in Sacramento, reflecting that the state’s commitment towards a sustainable environment, “We are marking a new course.” Newsom also urged other states to take similar actions to reduce emissions.

According to Reuters, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) would make the new decision of the state into legally binding regulations to ensure zero-emission by 2035. The board also plans to mandate by 2045 that all operations of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles be zero-emission where feasible. California has earlier made a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% from 1990 levels by 2050.

At present, California accounts for about 11% of all US vehicle sales and the governor explained the move would boost the economic opportunity of the country through creating new jobs and enhancing US auto manufacturers. He insisted, “If you are an American manufacturer, how can you compete globally unless you are in that business? Unless you are pushing the boundaries of innovation?”

Republicans Attack Newsom’s Policies

Following the announcement of the new policy, White House spokesman Judd Deere called the move “alarming” and said, “President Trump won’t stand for it.” Similarly, Trump’s economic adviser, Larry Kudlow said the measure was “very extreme” and stressed, “I don’t think we should be taking any steps to get rid of fossil fuels… and by the way, there should be consumer choice for all automobiles.” Meanwhile, a group representing major automakers including General Motors Co, Toyota Motor Corp., and Volkswagen AG said “neither mandates nor bans build successful markets,” reflecting on the new policy.

However, Democratic congressman Matt Hill said the policy could “create a million good-paying union jobs, dominate a fast-growing market worldwide, and meet the demands of the climate crisis.” The policy was widely supported by environmental groups by praising the governor’s action on clean vehicles.

Newsom also stated that California’s state legislature had some discussion to ban issuing new permits that allow the use of hydraulic fracturing technology for oil and gas drilling by 2024. Several environmental groups shared their opinions to close all new drilling permits in the state to ensure emission reduction a successful policy.