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Phasing Out Gas-Powered Vehicles

California State Governor, Gavin Newsom, takes action in a forward minded approach to lowing carbon emissions in our state. By 2035, California aims to end the stop producing combustion engine vehicles. This means all new cars will be fully electric. It is an ambitious goal, unseen in American history. Consumers will still be able to buy used gas-powered vehicles, but this new direction will create long-term benefits. Their goal is to build a new system of attaining energy that is safe, reliable, sustainable, and endlessly renewable. 

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has been tasked with drafting the plans for and implementing this new system. This timeline gives engineers and manufacturers plenty of time to work toward building the infrastructure necessary for electric transportation. For example, California will need to build more charging stations to support access to electric vehicles. The state will also have to build energy producing infrastructure to support those stations. What’s really wonderful about this is that electricity can be produced in so many ways. Greener alternatives include solar, wind, geothermal, and hydro, depending on geography. 

Benefits of Electric Vehicles

According CARB, this changeover to electric vehicles will provide communities with incredible benefits. We will be able to drastically reduce our statewide carbon footprint, which means cleaner air and a cleaner environment. Why is this so important? Well, as the gas companies get rich off of selling oil, the people who live there are suffering the consequences. As air quality, water quality, and land quality degrade residents have to pay increasing amounts of money to avoid the areas that are the most polluted. If they can’t, residents have to experience the negative health effects. Let’s not forget the oil spills that have devastated communities and wildlife. Many even point to increasing natural disasters and wildfires as proof of climate change.

It will require a good investment from the state, but in the long run isn’t protecting the state’s other natural resources highly valuable? Additionally, the production and sale of all these new cars will also stimulate the economy by creating new jobs. Jobs where people don’t have to risk their necks. Accidents are inevitable in the fracking industry! Also, prices and access to oil is always fluctuating. In times on natural disaster, oil can be difficult or impossible to transport. One way or another, oil is bound to run out or become inaccessible. Being prepared not only prepared but proactive, for the future, is a smart thing to do. Prices in the electric car industry will only continue to go down for consumers as technology improves. 

Critics of EV’s

Some critics representing the fossil fuel sector feel the threat of decline in relevance. They argue that Californians “cannot survive” without oil and petroleum byproducts. From an economic standpoint, they are used in so many things we manufacture. Sadly, toxic petroleum is in so much of what we consume; clothing, toys, asphalt, even toothpaste. However, we at BarrierEnergy believe we can survive and THRIVE without plastics and oil. In fact, the world is seeing a huge surge to replace production and materials with less toxic, more sustainable alternatives. These alternatives will keep the earth habitable and healthy for future generations to thrive in.
Contrary to the fears of critics, this legal measure doesn’t outright ban the sale of gas powered vehicles. Plus, this will not cost American jobs. There is an opportunity for many jobs to be created, as we expand into a different mode of production and fueling. Inevitably, the way forward will always call for innovation and creative problem solving. California is not afraid to step outside of the box and pioneer a new way. We look forward to seeing how this trend in electric vehicles will ripple outward.
At BarrierEnergy, our team is dedicated to energy efficiency standards in California’s building sector. We are so glad to see another sector of the state’s infrastructure being tackled! 
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