Hochul signs law requiring zero-emission passenger vehicles by 2035

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Governor of New York. Kathy hochulKathy Hochul Five Big Questions After Millions of People Lost Federal Unemployment Assistance. AG warns Texas over abortion law Biden approves disaster fund for NJ and New York state after Ida MORE floods (D) on Wednesday signed a bill that will require all passenger vehicles sold in the state to be emission-free by 2035.

The law will make New York City the second state after California to phase out greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks. It also aims to eliminate emissions from medium and heavy commercial vehicles by 2045 and requires the creation of a detailed plan for the development of zero emission vehicles by 2023.

Meanwhile, Hochul signed an order directing the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to develop regulations to reduce pollution from trucks. Although the Hochul office did not disclose details of the proposed settlement, it predicted it would “speed up” sales of zero-emission trucks.

“New York is implementing the country’s most aggressive plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions affecting our climate and to meet our ambitious goals, we must reduce emissions from the transportation sector, currently the biggest source of pollution state climate, “Hochul said in a statement. statement Wednesday. “The new law and regulation mark a critical step in our efforts and will advance the transition to clean electric vehicles, while helping to reduce emissions in communities that have been overburdened by pollution from cars and trucks for decades. decades. “

“Once passed, these new regulations will require an increasing percentage of all new trucks sold in New York to be zero-emission vehicles starting in the 2025 model year, solidifying our state as a national leader in actions aimed at to fight against climate change while stimulating economic opportunities. and help reduce air pollution, ”said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.

The Biden administration has announced its goal of halving U.S. emissions by 2030 and reaching net zero by 2050. While much of that goal requires the cooperation of Congress, Hochul’s signing means that two of the country’s most populous states are working in the same direction.

The signing and the order also comes as the consequences of climate change hit the New York area.

The remnants of Hurricane Ida led to New York City’s very first sudden flood emergency declaration last week, as parts of New Jersey experienced an unprecedented tornado.

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