From 2035 California will not sell cars with diesel or gasoline engines, but only zero-emission vehicles. The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions underlying climate change, catalyzed precisely from anthropic activities.
The announce came from United States of America Governor Gavin Newsom, who signed an executive order to ban the sale of traditional motor vehicles in 15 years. The document does not prevent Californians from owning a diesel or gasoline vehicle after that date, nor from putting it up for sale in the used market, but only from being able to buy new vehicles that are not zero-emission.
California's decision was immediately targeted by the Trump administration, with which it is already in dispute for pursuing a specific fuel economy strategy. But Newsom's virtuous breakthrough is not the only one of its kind in the world.
Norway, for example, aims to ban vehicles with traditional engines as early as 2025, while France and Great Britain aim for 2040 and 2050 respectively. Similar solutions are on the table in the Netherlands, Germany and Singapore.
Considering that many countries are aiming for carbon neutrality, possibly by 2050, similar bans will become more and more widespread in the coming decades. The governor of California, however, is already aiming higher: it also has other activities in its sights that can catalyze pollution, such as hydraulic fracturing or fracking, which could be banned within four years.
Newsom said: "Cars are not supposed to cause asthma in our children. Making fires worse. Melting glaciers or raising sea levels. Of all the simultaneous crises we face as a state and I would say as a nation, from the point of view of a global perspective, none are more important, none are stronger than the issue of the climate crisis."
The effects of climate change, moreover, this year are particularly evident precisely in California, considering that it is facing one of the most dramatic seasons in terms of number and intensity of the fires. The executive order was signed on the hood of an electric car in the presence of other politicians linked to the environmental movement.
City of London green from 2030!
Talking about green cities and countries, Boris Johnson said: "We thought we would have an easier year, but not even the Coronavirus can stop our commitment and our battle against climate change.
With this 10-point plan, we will become the leading country to the world for wind power, we will reduce emissions in the UK to zero by 2050 and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs." Wind energy quadrupled to 40 gigawatts capacity by 2030, thus supplying it to every home on British soil, creating 60,000 jobs.
Then there is hydrogen, which will play a central role: the goal is to reach 5 gigawatts of production capacity by 2030, the date by which the government aims to power the heating of an entire British city with this technology.
Stop the sale of petrol or diesel cars from 2030, with the target of zero carbon monoxide from the mufflers within the following five years: from 2030 purchases only of electric or hybrid cars will be allowed, and therefore will be destined 1, 3 billion pounds for the installation of new charging stations throughout the country, as well as incentives to scrap the old car and take a new generation one up to 582 million.
Among other things, an important technological development is expected for the capture and storage of CO2 in the atmosphere. An estimated 250,000 new total jobs between now and 2030, especially, said Johnson, in the decadent industrial areas of central and northern England, those which happened to be decisive in the electoral triumph of last December by the premier.
In addition, a stop to the sale of petrol or diesel cars from 2030 throughout the United Kingdom. And all this project, in addition to the aforementioned zero emissions by 2050, will begin in 2021. There will also be an increase in the use of nuclear power is also expected, considered by the British government as clean energy net of waste and other problems: smaller and more efficient reactors planned, for a total of 10 thousand new jobs and a cost of about 600 million of Euro.
Johnson's government plans to remove ten million tons of carbon dioxide by 2030, especially in those cities, areas and locations that symbolize the industrial revolutions of past centuries, thanks to investments for a billion pounds and 50,000 new jobs.
The use of public transport and bicycles will be encouraged and extended even more, in the city and outside: 5 billion allocated here too. At least 30,000 hectares of trees will be planted a year.