Cars aren’t enough. California wants to ban even internal combustion lawnmowers

The residents of the famous sunshine state located on the west coast of the USA may soon be facing changes. In the fight for ecology, the government wants to ban the use of small devices powered by combustion engines. Is this the end of traditional lawn mowing?

The pursuit of going green and electrification is a wildly controversial topic that clearly divides people. While for many people, a complete ban on internal combustion cars is a definite overreaction – others believe it’s still not enough. For example, the state of California may soon ban devices powered by smaller, two-stroke internal combustion engines.

The idea was announced by the governor of the Sunshine State, Gavin Newsom. According to Western media reports, he has signed a bill that would direct regulators to ban the sale of small internal combustion engines. Such units have been used for years in such things as garden mowers, blowers, or simply small power generators.

The goal of the bill, of course, is to reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere. State officials here used the example of a “typical” leaf blower, which they claim emits similar levels of pollution as a mid-sized family car for an hour of operation. They also pointed out that there are more than 16.7 million such devices in California alone, which is more than 3 million more than passenger vehicles. The problem is therefore more than apparent.

The issues of sudden abandonment of devices used for daily chores are already causing controversy among many residents. It’s no secret that these types of electric-powered equipment are not only more expensive, but also less efficient than their internal combustion counterparts. However, the governor notes that the law provides for special rebate offers to replace the equipment. The state budget alone has set aside an equal $30 million for this purpose, so anyone interested will be able to apply for funding.

California has been battling internal combustion engines for many years. In the western state, transportation is responsible for more than 50 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than 80 percent of air pollution (smog) and 95 percent of toxic emissions from diesels. Because of its location, the west coast suffers severely from pollution and ever-recurring droughts and wildfires.

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