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California governor orders ban on sale of gas-only cars within 15 years


California’s governor signed an executive order on Wednesday that would ban the sale of gas-only cars within 15 years, in a bid to combat the effects of climate change crisis.

The move comes as the state battles historic wildfires, following a summer of record-high temperatures. “We can’t continue down this path,” Gavin Newsom said.

“If you care about your kids and your grandkids, if you care about disadvantaged communities, if you care about seniors, if you care about rural communities, if you care about inner city communities that have been underserved by our fossil fuel economy, then you care about the core construct that we are advancing here in this executive order,” he added.

The order, which requires that all new passenger vehicles sold in California by 2035 be zero-emission, will improve air quality as well as improve the economic climate here in the state of California, Newsom said. “Our second largest export in the state of California are electric vehicles,” he said. “This is an economic opportunity.”

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