University of Redlands Environmental Economist Nicholas Reksten says Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order banning sales of new gasoline cars by 2035 is an important next step towards the decarbonization of the transportation system in California.
“It will be essential if we are to meet future climate targets established by the state as transportation is its largest source of greenhouse gas emissions,” Reksten says.
“While the executive order sets goals and is not a new law, it provides a clear signal to businesses regarding the future of regulations in this area. Much of the rest of the world is adopting similar goals to end sales of new cars powered by internal combustion engines. For example, Ireland, the Netherlands, and India have set a target date of 2030, while China, France, and the United Kingdom have set a target of 2040 to end these sales. Additionally, the transition away from internal combustion engines will substantially improve air quality by reducing pollutants such as nitrous oxides and ozone that normally result from driving gasoline-powered vehicles.”
Dr. Reksten joined the economics department at the University of Redlands in 2016 after teaching at Sarah Lawrence College and American University. His expertise ranges from basic economics to the economic impact of environmental issues. He is an award-winning educator and researcher with a unique focus on economics and the environment.