No doubt Fox News and others of that ilk will be up in arms with this news, but for the rest of us who hate the noise and smell of these things it’ll be a welcome relief. Then there’s the matter of air pollution, where these small engine machinery causes as much smog-causing pollution in California as cars.
The news report above is from 2017. So it’s been a while in the making, and will still be more time as the ban doesn’t go into effect until 2024.
Source: LA Times
SACRAMENTO — California will outlaw the sale of new gas-powered lawn mowers, leaf blowers and chain saws as early as 2024 under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday.
The law requires all newly sold small-motor equipment primarily used for landscaping to be zero-emission — essentially to be battery-operated or plug-in — by that target date or as soon as the California Air Resources Board determined it is feasible. New portable gas-powered generators also must be zero-emission by 2028, which also could be delayed at the discretion of the state agency.
Machinery with so-called small off-road engines also includes chain saws, weed trimmers and golf carts, all of which create as much smog-causing pollution in California as light-duty passenger cars, and reducing those emissions is pivotal to improving air quality and combating climate change, proponents of the law said.
California will outlaw the sale of new gas-powered lawn mowers, leaf blowers and chain saws as early as 2024 under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday.https://t.co/o71W1YR3Ch pic.twitter.com/ly6ASnExjF
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) October 11, 2021
Thank you @GavinNewsom for singing my bill to ban the sale of gas powered leaf blowers & other small engine equipment beginning in 2024! This equipment is dangerous to the workers who use it, disruptive to communities, & terribly damaging to our climate 🌎 https://t.co/MpyOnuXfwm
— Marc Berman (@AsmMarcBerman) October 10, 2021