Senator Wieckowski's statement on Governor Newsom's executive order on zero emission vehicles

September 23, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senator Bob Wieckowski issued the following statement after Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to require that all new cars sold in California be zero emission vehicles beginning in 2035.

“Our deteriorating climate conditions clearly call for bold, aggressive actions to cut greenhouse gas emissions and protect our environment.  Today’s announcement by Governor Newsom will enable California to move with more urgency to attack the GHG emissions from the transportation sector, which account for over 40 percent of the total emissions. It keeps California in its historic role as a global leader on climate change and environmental issues and will create thousands of new green jobs within our state.  Nations around the globe are taking similar action to phase out the internal combustion engine.  I applaud the Governor and the California Air Resources Board for moving to zero emission vehicles by 2035 and directing all medium and heavy-duty vehicles to be zero emission by 2045.

“As the chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation, I look forward to working with the Governor and my colleagues to bring about this necessary transformation to our transportation sector. The public health and safety of Californians and future generations depends on strong actions today.  We cannot afford to wait any longer to increase our climate ambition.”