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Executive order directs state to require that, by 2035, all new cars and passenger trucks sold in California be zero-emission vehicles.

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On the back of four of the five largest fires in the history of California, governor Gavin Newsom announced that he will aggressively move the state further away from its reliance on fossil fuels to tackle climate change and spur economic growth.  He issued an executive order requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035.

 “This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change,” said Governor Newsom. “For too many decades, we have allowed cars to pollute the air that our children and families breathe. Californians shouldn’t have to worry if our cars are giving our kids asthma. Our cars shouldn’t make wildfires worse – and create more days filled with smoky air. Cars shouldn’t melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines.”

Heavy-duty vehicles shall be 100% zero emission by 2045 where feasible, with the mandate going into effect by 2035 for drayage trucks.

The executive order will not prevent Californians from owning gasoline-powered cars or selling them on the used car market.

The White House responded by saying this was another example of “how extreme the left has become.”

California joins a list of 15 countries around the world, such as France and Germany, that have announced similar targets.

The U.S.' most populated state has become a world leader in the transition to alternative fuels with major projects in EV charging infraestructure, hydrogen stations and renewable natural gas transport. 

California Energy Commission recently approved $39.1 million in funding for installing 36 new hydrogen stations for passenger vehicles statewide. 

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Contrary to reports, the "Executive Order" DOES NOT require all passenger vehicles sold in the state be zero-emission by 2035. Newsom is a confused individual. Newsom published and made statements that indicate such law now exists from his action: "Executive order directs state to require that, by 2035, all new cars and passenger trucks sold in California be zero-emission vehicles" (See: ) HOWEVER, no person in the U.S. has the right to make their own laws. Newsom is confused and doesn't even understand the meaning of his own order. The type of people we are getting in executive government positions (Governors and the President) are very bizarre and lack knowledge of basic democratic society. Many people laugh at how silly they are. Look carefully at the order. The zero-emission component of the executive order is merely an expression of a "goal" and not enforceable by law in any form. There are no ramifications if the "goal" is not met. (See: ) Executive orders are supposed to apply only to government employees as part of clarifying their duty. There should be no order targeted to the public unless emergency. In general, see: To help stop this ongoing abuse and confusion by "Executive Orders", it seems society needs to consider creating another statutory/constitutional provision to clarify that whenever an action is taken against a citizen based on an executive order, whether directly or indirectly, that such order is not enforceable by law.