Could California Join China in Banning Gas Guzzlers?

Posted by on September 30, 2017 in Climate Change, Environment, Environmental Hazards with 0 Comments
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By Lorraine Chow | Eco Watch

After China announced plans to ban new diesel and gasoline-powered cars, California Gov. Jerry Brown is said to be considering the same option, according to Bloomberg.

“I’ve gotten messages from the governor asking, ‘Why haven’t we done something already?'” Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, told the publication. “The governor has certainly indicated an interest in why China can do this and not California.”


Besides China, Britain, France, Norway and India have announced similar intentions to phase out conventional gas guzzlers to cut fossil fuel emissions and promote electric vehicles.

Under Brown’s watch, the Golden State has become an environmental powerhouse and it’s no surprise that he would be consider such an idea. In June, Brown signed a nonbinding agreement with China to cooperate on renewable energy technology, including zero-emissions vehicles and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Brown and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed “the importance of expanding cooperation of green technology, innovation and trade,” according to the governor’s office.

The governor has also been outspoken against President Trump’s inaction on climate change and his controversial decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris agreement.

It’s unclear if the ban is serious. However, as Gina Coplon-Newfield, who heads the Sierra Club‘s clean transportation unit, told the New York Times, “It’s an important conversation to have and we’re glad it’s starting to get some traction.”

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