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California is banning gas-powered leaf blowers and lawn mowers.

View above of a ground keeper walking with leaf crystal.۔

Image: Francois Neil. (Getty Images)

On Saturday, California government Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill that could ban the sale of new gas-powered leaf makers in early 2024. Legislation can make a real difference, as it is. 16.7 million All of these devices are in use across the state.

Leaf blowers suck, and I don’t just mean they suck air from their roofs. They also suck for climate and air pollution. Leaves and sidewalks are not just peaceful. (To be fair, Noise pollution is also a big problem..)

Of New CodeWritten by Assemblyman Mark Berman of California’s 24th District, he directed the California Air Resources Board to provide residents with a rebate to purchase electrical alternatives to their yardwork equipment. Once the changes are implemented, retailers will only be allowed to sell emission-free leaf blowers and lawn batteries that run on batteries. All good things

However, time is of the essence. The law will go into effect by 2024 “or as soon as the state board decides, whichever is later.” It seems that this could invite endless delays, which is especially frustrating because during the negotiations, the proponents of the bill. Said More than half of California’s households already have a clean alternative.

The bill comes as part of the state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In the United States alone, lawn equipment emits 20.4 million pounds (9.3 kg). Carbon dioxide in 2011. A year ago, Newsom signed one. Ban on sale of gas-powered vehicles Which will start in 2035.

In addition to being a good move for climate reasons, the new bill will have a positive impact on public health. Gas-powered leaf blowers and lawn mowers also produce toxins such as nitrogen oxides, reactive organic gases and particulate matter, all of which exposure can increase the risk of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and other illnesses. Using Leaf Crystal for just one hour produces smog-like contaminants, such as in a car journey from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Carb..

Not everyone is in favor of the new initiative. The bill allocates 30 30 million to move professional landscaping and horticulturists away from gas-powered appliances. Told the Los Angeles Times. That pool is not enough to support 50,000 small businesses that will be affected by the law. Andrew Bray, vice president of government relations for the National Association of Landscape Professionals, told the newspaper that a gas-powered commercial riding lawn mower costs between 7,000 and $ 11,000, while a clean version can cost more than double. Is.

This may mean that the state can allocate a little more money for the effort. But this certainly does not mean that these polluting powerhouses should be allowed to emit carbon and toxic air compounds to keep grass and leaves in check. Come to think of it, why not just focus on a part of it. The root of the problem In the first place and Lawn ban.

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