The United Kingdom will end the domestic sale of gas-and diesel-powered automobiles by 2030, 10 years before the nation recently intended to do as such, the British government said Wednesday.
In a plan released by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office styled as a 10-point plan for a “Green Industrial Revolution,” the government authority promised to “end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans, 10 years earlier than planned,” in the year 2030.
“We are taking decisive action to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, with all vehicles being required to have a significant zero emissions capability (e.g. plug-in and full hybrids) from 2030 and be 100% zero emissions from 2035,” the plan read.
“We must take advantage of the once in a generation opportunity to build a world-leading [electric vehicle] supply chain here in the UK and improve air quality in our towns and cities,” it continued.
The ambitious move is in stark contrast to the environmental policy sought after by President Trump’s administration, which pulled out of the Paris climate agreement in mid-2017 and has generally sent out a vibe of incredulity toward the issue of man-made climate change.
The president himself is a vocal pundit of the Green New Deal, a plan promoted by progressives, including its main sponsors, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), as a jobs-focused program that would move the U.S. away from petroleum fuels toward clean energy utilization.
Trump and Johnson are viewed as close partners, however the British prime minister as of late praised Trump’s adversary, President-elect Joe Biden, on his election triumph notwithstanding Trump’s refusal to yield and his endeavors to lawfully challenge the outcomes in a few states.
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