“SACRAMENTO — California will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars to combat climate change starting in 2035, a move that could help reshape the nation’s automobile market and its output of greenhouse gases.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday mandating that all new passenger vehicles sold in California in 15 years be zero-emission — a category that includes battery-powered electric cars and those that run on hydrogen fuel cells. The order directs the California Air Resources Board to develop a plan for ensuring an increasing number of new vehicles sold in the state leading up to 2035 will be zero-emission.
By issuing the order, Newsom circumvents a potentially bruising battle over the future of gas-powered vehicles in the Legislature, where similar proposals have died in recent years amid oil industry opposition. But it also raises the stakes in a legal fight with the Trump administration over the extent of California’s authority to regulate tailpipe emissions of greenhouse gases. The White House has already signaled that it will fight the plan.”