Insight: California has made significant progress toward its climate goals in recent years and likely will continue to do so in the future. One of the ways he hopes to achieve is a potential ban on the sale of off-road machinery with gas, such as lawn mowers, generators, and more.
During the 2021 California legislative session, assembly members Mark Berman and Lorna Gonzalez introduced a bill targeting small off-road engines. As of October 9, Governor Gwen Newsom signed the law, among dozens of others.
The bill calls on the California Air Resources Board to pass "cost-effective" and "technically feasible" regulations. To prevent the emission of new off-road engines (SORE). According to the bill, the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from these SORES could quickly exceed the production of full-size gas cars.
For example, the law states that one hour of work with a “commercial leaf blower” (gas in terms of air pollution is roughly the same as driving 1100 miles in a “new passenger car.”) The fact that there is a SORES More in California than big cars are where the problem lies.
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California bill could limit sales of lawn mowers and gas generators in 2024