CA governor: Away with the leaf blowers!

CA governor: Away with the leaf blowers!

CA governor: Away with the leaf blowers!

After the State of California saw a first-ever net drop in residents, the state's recall-surviving governor wants them to take their gas-powered leaf blowers and two-cycle lawn mowers with them in the name of saving the planet.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a new law that orders the California Air Resources Board to ban the sale of new gas-powered equipment beginning in 2024. That coming ban includes everything from emergency generators to pressure washers.

"This is being driven by government rather than consumer demand," says Steven Greenhut, a Sacramento resident with the R Street Institute. "The products that are out there now, they cost a lot more than the gas-powered varieties. And this is just going to encourage people to keep the stuff that they already have.”

The new law, which takes effect in 2024, could create a “black market” for such products, Greenhut predicts.

California, already famous for its burdensome regulations, has banned the sale of gas-powered automobiles beginning in 2035 thanks to another order by Newsom directed at the state board.

American Family News reported in an August story that Californians will soon see higher-priced meat products thanks to a voter-approved initiative that mandates humane treatment of livestock. That requirement begins in 2022.