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California to Ban New Gasoline Cars by 2035, a First in U.S.

  • Executive order would require zero-emission vehicles
  • State pushing ahead amid fires Newsom blames on climate change
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California will phase out sales of new, gasoline-powered cars by 2035 as part of its fight against climate change, Governor Gavin Newsom announced -- the first state to set an expiration date for the traditional automobile.

The move comes as California battles historic wildfires that Newsom has blamed squarely on global warming, with more than 3.6 million acres burned so far this year. It could prompt other states that have followed California’s climate and auto policies in the past to set similar goals.