Thursday, 22 October 2020 21:45

New Jersey Joins California in Calling for Gas-Powered Vehicle Sales Ban by 2035

Written by Joseph Szczesny, The Detroit Bureau


New Jersey is joining California in calling for a future ban on the sale of gasoline-powered motor vehicles to combat global warming.

The recommendation to stop the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles starting in 2035 was included in a new report from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, which was asked by the state’s legislature to find ways to fight global warming.


Global warming has led to rising sea levels, which threatens the swamp the state’s long coastline on the on the Atlantic Ocean, the DEP report noted.


“Currently, gasoline-fueled vehicles account for over 70% of the transportation sector’s emissions. The 2019 EMP least cost scenario modeling, which assumed a 15-year lifecycle, calculated that 88% of new light-duty vehicle sales (passenger cars, SUVs and light-duty trucks) will need to be battery electric or hydrogen-powered by 2030, rising to 100% by 2035, in order to achieve the 80×50 goal,” the report said.


“This strategy coupled with complementary social strategies, such as working from home and the growth of livable, walkable communities, reduce the need for transportation, ensuring the New Jersey can significantly reduce its emissions profile.”


The report noted the risk to New Jersey’s coastal communities from sea-level rise is acute.


“Warning that under even a moderate emissions scenario, sea levels could rise by as much as 5.1 feet by the year 2100 and 8.3 feet by the year 2150, eroding large land areas of the state, risking near total loss of our barrier islands and devastating our tourism industry and larger economy,” the report said.


Recognizing the need for climate action, New Jersey’s legislature passed the Global Warming Response Act (GWRA) in 2007 and updated the law in 2019.

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