California will phase out the use of gas-powered lawn tools

Over the weekend, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law that would end the sale of gas-powered lawn equipment in California, starting in 2024.

AB 1346 was introduced by assembly members Lorena Gonzalez and Marc Berman and will affect non-battery powered or generator powered landscaping tools.

“This equipment is dangerous to the workers who use it, disruptive to communities, and terribly damages our climate,” Berman said after Newsom signed the law.

There will also be a $30 million budget for an incentive program for landscapers to replace their gas-powered tools.

“I was very proud to work with [Berman] On this law, as co-author,” Gonzalez said on Twitter. “We even got money in the budget to help small landscapers replace their dirty leaf blowers! A big thank you to Mark for realizing the impact this has on Latino workers.”

California state legislator Kevin Kelly He made a tongue-in-cheek comment about the law, saying, “The big problems California now faces have been resolved, and Governor Newsom has signed bills to ban gas-powered leaf blowers…”

Larry ElderD., who ran for governor in the 2021 impeachment vote, also made the comment joking, saying, “The good news is that if blowers and mowers cost less than $950, you can walk in and steal them until the last date.”

In a similar effort to reduce emissions, Newsom signed an executive order Early September 2020, ban the sale of gas-powered cars by 2035.

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