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California Governor Gavin Newsom looks to phase-out gas-powered car sales by 2035

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Posted at 5:27 PM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 20:28:49-04

California Governor Gavin Newsom took a bold stance on climate change Wednesday, announcing his plan phase out the sale of gas-powered cars in the state by 2035.

Governor Newsom cited the environmental impacts of gas-powered cars on the state as a catalyst for the bill. The governor also said transportation is responsible for more than 50 percent of greenhouse gases in the state.

The new bill promises to halt the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035.

If you drive a gas-powered car this doesn't mean you'll have to get rid of it. The governor offered some clarity on the matter today.

"You can still keep your internal-combustion engine car. You can still have a market for used cars. You can still trade and transfer those cars. We aren't taking anything away. We are providing an abundance of new choices and new technology," Newsom explained.

California already has rules mandating that a certain percentage of new car sales must be electric or zero-emission cars.

Read how Kern County leaders are reacting to Newsom's announcement.