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California bill could restrict sale of gas-guzzling lawn mowers and generators in 2024

Looking to the future: California has made significant progress towards its climate goals in recent years, and it will likely continue to do so in the future. He hopes to achieve this in particular through a potential ban on the sale of all-terrain gasoline-powered machines, such as lawn mowers, generators, etc.

In California’s 2021 legislative season, members of the legislature Marc Berman and Lorena Gonzales introduced a bill that targets small off-road engines. On October 9, state governor Gavin Newsom approved this legislature, among dozens of others.

The bill requires the State Air Resources Board of California to pass “cost-effective” and “technologically feasible” regulations to prevent emissions from new small all-terrain engines (SOREs). According to the bill, the emissions production of these SORES can quickly exceed the production of full-size gasoline vehicles.

For example, the bill states that one hour of using a “commercial leaf blower” (gasoline-powered) is about the same, in terms of air pollution, as driving 1,100 miles in. a “new passenger vehicle”. Since there are a lot more SORES in California than full size vehicles, it’s not hard to see where the problem lies.

Members of the California assembly understand that switching from gas production to electric (or other) power sources could be a difficult and expensive process. To avoid placing an unnecessary burden on the makers of SORE, the state plans to set aside up to $ 30 million in trade rebates to help with the transition.

If this bill successfully enters into force, the application deadline will be January 1, 2024, or “as soon as the Council of State determines that it is feasible”, whichever is later. It remains to be seen precisely how the State Air Resources Board will interpret the language of AB-1346, and judging by this flexible timeframe, it will likely be some time before we know it.

It should also be noted that the limitation on the sale of New gasoline SOREs are just the first part of the puzzle. By 2035, California hopes to achieve “100 percent zero emissions” for devices, which is a much more ambitious goal with, of course, a much more lenient deadline.

Image credit: Erik Mclean, Andres Siimon

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