Newsom Focuses on Electric Vehicles to Alleviate Climate Change

Last month, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-79-20, which calls for the end of all sales of new fossil fuel vehicles by 2035. While we celebrate any move away from gas-powered vehicles, we share the belief of our partner CalBike that this executive order focuses far too much on what cars use for their power source, rather than strategies for reducing auto-dependence in the first place. It should be abundantly clear by now that we can only ward off the worst-case climate scenarios by drastically overhauling our transportation and land use policies to sharply curtail sprawl and vehicle miles traveled by providing safe opportunities for walking, biking, and transit.

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