Governor Gavin Newsom announced a statewide ban on the sale of new gasoline-powered cars by 2035 and called on the state legislature to ban fracking.
Transportation accounts for more than half of the state’s carbon emissions, and the Governor’s office estimates the phased-in ban will result in a 35% drop in the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. “For too many decades, we have allowed cars to pollute the air that our children and families breathe,” Newsom said in a press release.
“Our cars shouldn’t make wildfires worse – and create more days filled with smoky air.” California has more than 60,000 active oil and gas wells and the state has approved almost 50 new permits in the last five months despite a moratorium imposed by Newsom last November. Activists criticized Newsom for not immediately banning fracking but instead passing the issue to the state legislature.