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California Gov. Gavin Newsom Bans Gas Powered Lawn Mowers and Leaf Blowers

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill over the weekend that will ban the sale of gas powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers in the state.

The bill instructs the California Air Resources Board to phase out the sale of small off-road engines (SORE) by 2024 or as soon as possible.

Per the legislation, stores will only be permitted to carry zero-emission equipment — such as electric or battery powered gear.

“Currently, there are zero-emission equivalents to all SORE equipment regulated by the State Air Resources Board. The battery technology required for commercial-grade zero-emission equipment is available and many users, both commercial and residential, have already begun to transition to zero-emission equipment,” the bill states.

The bill goes on to say that small off-road engines emitted an average of 16.8 tons per day of oxides of nitrogen and 125 tons per day of reactive organic gases. It asserts that “without further regulatory action, those emission levels are expected to increase with increasing numbers of SORE in California.”

One hour of operation of a commercial leaf blower can emit as much reactive organic gases and oxides of nitrogen as driving 1,100 miles in a new passenger vehicle, the bill asserts.

The Sacramento Bee reports that “the bill’s author, Assemblyman Marc Berman, D-Menlo Park, and supporters — including the American Lung Association in California, the Sierra Club and the Union of Concerned Scientists — say that it will result in the use of cleaner and greener equipment.”

Senate GOP Leader Scott Wilk has said that this change will create hardships for gardeners and landscapers, as well as create a a market shortfall of products with high consumer demand, according to the Bee’s report.

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13 responses to “California Gov. Gavin Newsom Bans Gas Powered Lawn Mowers and Leaf Blowers”

  1. Tom Collins says:

    Yes, that is the plan. And it seems they are doing it.

  2. Chach24 says:

    Would small off road engines include dirtbikes, 4x4s, and gas scooters? This seems really broad.

  3. Devilsgun says:

    The overgrowth will wither and burn like the rest of that cancerous shit-state… Hopefully the demo human cancer cells stay in place when the cleansing fires come

  4. pandusa says:

    Welcome to the Jungle…well you can always get an extension cord…oh, rolling black out ?Not today… guess you screwed dude.

  5. Erin_Go_Bragh says:

    Doesn’t it always seem as though our democrat friends’ policies like to hurt the low-socioeconomic communities of our nation? They are taking poor people’s mobile freedom and makes them dependent on Big Brother’s transportation services. What will be the punishment for breaking the new “law” if you can’t afford a shiny new electric Tesla? Yet another scheme to take pennies from the penniless. The middle class will then be taxed heavily to pay for the subsidies given for the electric revolution. Thus, further eradicating the American middle class and creating a larger gap between the wealthy and the poor and a permanent serf class ruled by the elites.

  6. ButtonPuncher says:

    If I lived in NV or AZ, on the CA border, I’d open a gas powered everything store and repair shop.
    So what do these liberals think the landscapers will do for a power source? They will have big gas generators on their trailers running ALL THE TIME to charge all of these lithium batteries FROM CHINA. NIMBY idiots.

  7. Sidewaysglance says:

    All of those migrant companies that use gas lawn equipment, can’t he think of them?

  8. Peregrinvs says:

    Oh he is the villain from [insert-kids-movie-title-here]. We get all our politicians from Hollywood these days. That way we know for sure they are crooks and will fit right in. Tried it once with Reagan and it worked pretty well so they just streamlined the process. Turns out the courts got to Weinstein before we could try to make him president. Too bad

  9. PseudoSwede says:

    That, and those pesky child labor laws.

  10. PseudoSwede says:

    Spot on

  11. prcntm says:

    Aren’t there companies operating in California doing about 17 times the damage in about 10 minutes of operation? Perhaps we should start there.

    Don’t get me wrong, I think we need to transition away from fossil fuels or at the very least crate a system that uses them as a last resort, but this is a bit drastic and does almost nothing to curb the actual problem.

    And last: Ad Hominem. Dude really does look like generic “evil guy” from [insert-kids-movie-title-here].

  12. Feddy_Von_Wigglestein says:

    This is step one. Step two is to ban grass on your property. I’m sorry, did I say “your property”? Because the banning of private property is the ultimate goal.

  13. Plaguen says:

    Oh thank God. I bet they don’t mine cobalt or lithium there so destroying other places is better.