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California is scheduled to prohibit fossil fuel cars by 2035



California's environmental policies, including those related to car emissions, could, in effect, set national standards as the state's 40 million residents make up the largest market in the United States.

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - All new cars sold in California by 2035 must be zero-emissions under plans the state is due to adopt this week, as the largest US economy drives development of fossil fuels nationwide.

The proposals the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will discuss this week would formalize the goals set by Governor Gavin Newsom — and likely push other US states in the same direction.


The plans, which board member Daniel Sperling recently told CNN he is confident will be "99.9%" adopted, include incremental steps that stipulate that more than a third of the state's auto sales for 2026 will be emissions-free, and more than two-thirds by 2030.


"This is massive," Sperling told CNN. “This is the most important thing that CARB has done in the last 30 years. It is important not only for the state of California, but it is important for the country and the world.”
More than 40 million consumers in California make it the largest market in the United States.


As such, the rules imposed there affect manufacturers' production plans across the country, as well as in further regions, because they cannot afford to miss them.
This means that California can, in effect, set national standards.


Thursday's potential ruling comes on the heels of US President Joe Biden's climate law signed last week, which earmarked hundreds of millions of dollars in incentives for clean energy programs.

Biden and his Democratic Party are quick to forge climate policy ground they feel was lost under former President Donald Trump, who pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement and reversed what many environmentalists saw as already weak progress in the fight against fossil fuels. emissions that lead to global warming.


In recent years, jurisdictions around the world, particularly in Europe, have set their sights on the polluting automobile sector.


Norway aims to have all new cars produce zero tailpipe emissions by 2025.
The United Kingdom, Singapore and Israel are looking to 2030, while the European Union wants to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035.
Human-caused global warming has already raised average temperatures around the planet, affecting weather patterns and exacerbating natural hazards such as wildfires and storms.


Scientists say dramatic action is needed to limit damage, and point to reducing emissions from fossil fuels as a key to the battle.