Earlier this month, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that everyone who likes to sleep past 8am on the weekends can cheer about. The bill bans gas-powered lawn equipment that have small off-road engines by January 1, 2024 (or once the CA Air Resources Board says the law is feasible). Gas-powered equipment with small off-road engines produce about the same amount of smog-causing pollution as passenger cars, and in California, there are more than 16.7 million small engines, topping the number of passenger cars on the road by about 3 million. The state has $30 million in funding to help professional landscapers and gardeners with switching equipment to zero-emission. Operating a gas leaf blower for an hour can create as much smog-forming pollution as driving a Toyota Camry for 1,100 miles. Cutting emissions is good for our climate crisis, but also has health benefits for workers and the community.
More on the story from The Hill and Washington Post