“This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change..”
EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - Fossil-fueled vehicles will soon go the way of the dinosaur in California.
Governor Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, California will phase out gasoline-powered cars in an effort to combat climate change.
Newsom has ordered a halt to the sale of gas-burning, light-duty vehicles by 2035. Heavy-duty vehicles will need to be zero-emission by 2045.
“Three million acres have burned, this is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change,” said Governor Newsom.
“I think a big difference, is that there are fires and there hasn’t been earthquakes but small earthquakes and there's been destruction but the planet is defending itself, it feeds us, everything we eat comes from our sacred earth and why because? there is still conservation of our sacred earth so we need to respect our sacred planet,” said El Centro resident Felipe Diaz.
For Yolanda, a resident of El Centro she says she agrees with the order she just doesn’t know how realistic it is.
“Not everyone has access to go and connect an electric car, there aren’t that many plug installations, it’s still a very new concept and so for everyone to do that it just doesn’t seem logical.”
California will be the first state in the U.S. to make this bold move. 15 countries have already taken similar steps to clear the air by reducing carbon emissions.