An anonymous reader quotes The New York Times as saying: California is expected to put into effect on Thursday its sweeping plan to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars by 2035, a groundbreaking move that could have a major impact on efforts to combat climate change and accelerate the global transition to electric vehicles. A rule issued by the California Air Resources Board requires 100 percent of all new vehicles sold in the state by 2035 to be free of fossil fuel emissions, which are largely responsible for global warming, up from 12 percent today. It sets interim goals that require 35 percent of new passenger cars sold in the state to be zero-emissions by 2026. By 2030, this figure will increase to 68 percent. These limits are important because not only is California the largest auto market in the United States, but more than a dozen other states routinely follow California’s lead when setting their own vehicle emissions standards.

California’s action comes on top of the sweeping new climate law President Biden signed into law last week. The law invests $370 billion in spending and tax credits for clean energy programs, the largest action ever taken by the federal government to combat climate change. Passage of this law is projected to help the United States cut emissions by 40 percent from 2005 levels by the end of this decade. Still, that won’t be enough to eliminate U.S. emissions by 2050, a goal climate scientists say must be met by all major economies if the world is to avert the most catastrophic and deadly effects of climate change. To close the gap, White House officials have promised to combine the bill with new regulations, including those on vehicle tailpipe emissions. They also said that reducing emissions enough to stay in line with the science would also require aggressive public policy. Experts said the new California rule, both in its strictness and scope, could rank alongside Washington’s law as one of the world’s most important climate change policies and could help take another big bite out of the nation’s carbon emissions. The new rule is also expected to influence new policies in Washington and around the world to promote electric vehicles and reduce car pollution. “It’s huge,” said Margot Oge, an electric vehicle expert who led the EPA’s transportation emissions program under Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. ‚ÄúCalifornia will now be the only state in the world to mandate zero-emission vehicles. It’s unique.”

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