CA Asks EPA Approval to Phase Out New Gas Vehicle Sales by 2035

Other states follow suit with more stringent environmental regulations.

California has requested approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its plan to end the sale of gasoline vehicles in its state by 2035. The plan to only allow sales of electric or hybrid vehicles was approved by the California Air Resources Board in August. Now California needs a waiver issued by the EPA to let them begin to implement the new rule.

EPA spokesperson Tim Carroll said that the agency will follow standard protocol in reviewing California’s proposal. “As with all waiver requests from California, we’ll follow an open public process in considering it, as the agency routinely does,” Mr. Carroll said.

A number of states are taking environmental cues from Californian policies rather than federal recommendations. Though California is still waiting on EPA approval, Rhode Island, Washington, Virginia, Vermont, Oregon, New York, and Massachusetts have all taken steps to adopt these new vehicle sale requirements. California estimates that the decision to phase out gasoline car sales will cost $210 billion and earn $301 billion.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Administrator Regan as he oversees the EPA and reviews concerns and requests.
  • For EPA officials as they evaluate California and other states’ requests to ban the sale of gasoline cars.

Sources: Reuters


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