California is nearing the end of its dependence on fossil fuels , and its addiction to modernity, when Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new bill on Sunday to ban all gas engines in the countryside, in lawn mowers and chainsaws.
The new law requires the state to apply the new rule by January 1, 2024, or as soon as regulators determine it is "doable," whatever the later date, according to the bill.
The bill served as a step in the Governor's California Return Plan that includes a strong focus on climate change initiatives.
“At a time when state and country are more divided than ever, this legislative session reminds us of what we can accomplish together. I am grateful for our partners in the state legislature who have furthered our efforts to address the state's most persistent challenges – together, we have taken action to address those challenges head-on, implementing historic legislation and the California Comeback Plan to strike forward quickly. our state of recovery, ”Newsom said in a press release Saturday.
“What we are doing here in California is unprecedented in both nature and scale. We will come back from this pandemic stronger than ever, ”he added.
It is a measure of "massive change" on people's skin.
Not all Californians approve the new legislation. Andrew Bray, vice president of government relations for the National Association of Landscape Professionals, argued that zero-emission commercial-grade gardening equipment will be too expensive.
“These companies will have to completely upgrade their entire workshops to be able to handle this huge voltage shift so they are recharged every day,” Bray said, according to a Los Angeles Times report Saturday.
The change could have a major impact on small businesses in the landscaping and related sectors. In addition to the increased costs, the change could lead to other unforeseen problems, such as the need to transport charged batteries.
"Bray said a three-person landscaping crew will have to carry 30 to 40 fully charged batteries to power its equipment over a full working day," according to the report.
For small businesses it will be a colossal disaster. According to the Washington Examiner, the new law is expected to affect nearly 50,000 small businesses. He noted that California's budget includes $ 30 million for professional landscapers and gardeners to stop using gas-powered equipment, but that it wouldn't be enough to cover all costs.
The change is also not the only recent climate change announcement related to Newsom's gas engines. Last month, the governor signed an executive order to ban gas and diesel cars by 2035.
"This is the biggest step our state can take to combat climate change," Newsom said in the press release announcing the order. “For too many decades we have allowed cars to pollute the air our children and families breathe.
This is a machine translation of a post published on Scenari Economici at the URL https://scenarieconomici.it/in-california-falciatrici-e-motoseghe-a-scoppio-fuorilegge-per-far-greta-contenta/ on Wed, 13 Oct 2021 20:37:15 +0000.