U.S. Oregon to follow California's zero-emission goal for passenger vehicles


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  • Thursday, 24 Sep 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Kate Brown, governor of the U.S. state of Oregon, on Wednesday said that she will follow the California requirement and look into policies to accelerate transportation electrification in her state.

Brown made the statement right after California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California will require all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035.

According to Brown, the executive action by Newsom is a transformative step toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.

"In Oregon, we have already set ambitious goals for increasing the number of zero-emission vehicles on our roads. As the chair of the Western Governors' Association, I have launched the Electric Vehicles Roadmap Initiative with my fellow governors to lay out the path to the adoption of zero-emission technology, from consumer incentives and tax exemptions to building the electric vehicle infrastructure we will need across the West," she noted.

Brown argued that the transportation sector is the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon and pollutants from diesel and gasoline combustion pose immediate public health risks to the state.

"We cannot adequately address climate change without moving to zero-emission vehicles," Brown said. "With the impacts of climate change all around us, including a more intense and destructive wildfire season than any in recent memory, we must meet this challenge."

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