There are plenty of ways in which the world is seeking to fight the effects of climate change, but not all of them are created equal.
In California, a state whose liberal politics have been a constant thorn in the side of its citizens, the latest attempt to curb an allegedly inevitable climate disaster is hitting a little too close to home for some.
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill No. 1346 into law on Saturday, which moves to outlaw the sale of gas-powered equipment that uses small motors, primarily impacting the state’s landscaping industry.
This law follows Newsom’s 2020 executive order that prohibits the sale of all gas-powered vehicles by 2035. According to the AP, “state officials say running a gas-powered leaf blower for one hour emits the same amount of pollution as driving a 2017 Toyota Camry from Los Angeles to Denver, a distance of about 1,100 miles.” The law prohibits the sale of small gas-powered off-road engines on or after January 1, 2024, or as soon as state regulators determine it is “feasible,” whichever date is later.
And that wasn’t all:
The law further requires regulators to offer rebates for California residents who switch out their gas-powered equipment for new zero-emission alternatives. In addition, according to The Hill, $30 million is allocated to support professional landscapers in making the switch.
Of course, the move only addresses the current trends in the fight against climate change, namely greenhouse gasses.
The ecological impacts of sourcing lithium ion batteries, as well as the use of goal to create home electricity, are both environmental issues as well, but they just don’t happen to be on the left’s agenda at this very moment.