This article discusses the new California law banning small off-road gas engines, including lawnmowers and chainsaws. The law was passed with the intention of reducing air pollution. It is unclear how this will affect average citizens who rely on these tools to maintain their yards or work in construction, but some say that it will be difficult without them.
California lawmakers recently approved a new law that will ban the sale of small off-road gas engines. These include chainsaws, lawnmowers and other equipment that can be used at home or for work. The law was passed to reduce air pollution in the state, but will affect many people directly. Some are already speaking out about air quality problems and the potential impact on agriculture, construction and landscaping.
Unhealthy air could increase in California
The new law is part of an attempt by Californian lawmakers to improve air quality. The legislation intends to cut emissions from small engines by 50% in three years and 80% in seven years. However, not everyone believes that it will help to cut air pollution. Some citizens and companies say that it will be difficult to work without these tools, and others say that the law should not be taken as a need for increased regulations.
Part of the reasoning behind this push is Californian’s reputation as having some of the worst air quality in the country. In fact, every county in the state was designated as having unhealthy air by the American Lung Association. The legislation may not directly affect air quality, but it could be a sign that more laws like this are on their way.
What will happen if I own or use small off-road gas engines?
The law might not effectively reduce air pollution and many people who rely on these tools to work will need a new solution. A few specific points that most people have been focusing on are whether or not farms can operate without these gas engines and how home owners will maintain their yards.
In the past, it has been common for Californian farmers to use small off-road gas engines in order to maintain their land . In fact, it is estimated that about half of them do. It is unclear how they will manage to maintain their land without the use of these tools, but some are already speaking out.
Others are wondering what alternatives there are for people who own small off-road gas engines. One option that has been put forward is electric powered lawnmowers. However, only 40% of people would use them in order to maintain their yards. Some companies are already considering making small attachments for large gas engines that can help with yard work, but it is unclear how these will be used or if they will be effective.
What alternatives are there?
There has been a lot of back and forth over what the best alternatives to small off-road gas engines are. Some individuals think that electric powered landscaping equipment would be a great idea . However, only about 40% of Californian homes have the space needed for them. In addition, they cannot handle larger tools like chainsaws or snowblowers and may cost more than what many can afford.