California to Ban Sale of New Gasoline Cars

    California to Ban Sale of New Gasoline Cars
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    The Facts

    • In a unanimous vote on Thursday, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued a sweeping plan that will ban the sale of gasoline-powered cars by 2035.

    • The rules will require all new cars sold in California by 2035 to be free of fossil fuel emissions - up from the current 12% goal - with interim targets requiring 35% of vehicles sold in the state by 2026 to produce zero emissions, rising to 68% by 2030.

    The Spin

    Left narrative

    This move will be a positive step in cutting back on carbon emissions and fighting climate change. Californians and, hopefully, Americans nationwide will move towards more sustainable vehicles.

    Right narrative

    This is another lofty California idea that will be easier said than done. There are a variety of external factors that could hamper the ban, including lack of infrastructure and mineral availability. Markets don't respond well to such extreme mandates.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 50% chance that at least 82.9% of US car sales will be all-electric by 2050, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Political split



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