Gov. Murphy plans to ban sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035 to combat climate change

The announcement was part of a policy speech at Rutgers University outlining efforts to prevent the effects of climate change.

News 12 Staff

Feb 16, 2023, 1:20 AM

Updated 460 days ago

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Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled a plan on Wednesday to ban the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035. The announcement was part of a policy speech at Rutgers University outlining efforts to prevent the effects of climate change.
“These are the next big steps forward,” Murphy said. “By the year 2035, the new cars sold in New Jersey will all, and I emphasize all, be zero-emission vehicles.”
The governor also moved his goal for the state to run on 100% clean energy up 15 years to 2035 from 2050.
“We can get to 2035 more affordably and with household energy costs under control,” Murphy said.
The governor announced a slew of executive orders, proposed laws and executive branch rulemaking that he says will secure the state's clean energy future.
“No one is coming for anyone's gas stove,” he said. “No one is going to be forced to do anything in any way.”
But not everyone is on board with the governor’s plan. Eric DeGesero represents gasoline, fuel and petroleum product makers. He praised Murphy for backing off an earlier proposal that all homes and businesses in the state be switched to electric power.
“Look forward to moving forward in achieving a net zero carbon future in a more realistic and cost-effective way,” he says.
But DeGesero is not supportive of banning the sale of new gas-powered cars.
“Obviously, it's following in the footsteps of California, but I don't know if we're ready to go that far, that fast,” he says.
Murphy says the new rules on electric vehicles will be complete by the end of 2023 and pledged that all new clean energy projects will be built by union labor.
“We will do all that we can to leave no one behind. It won’t be easy, but that is my commitment,” Murphy said.
The state Department of Education also announced a $4.5 million grant for the state's first-in-the-nation learning standards that include locally focused climate education.


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