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Breaking News: California vote complicates future use of RV generators

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(Friday, Dec. 10, 2021) — California regulators voted yesterday to ban the sale of new gas-powered leaf blowers and lawn mowers starting in 2024 and portable generators by 2028, the latest step in the state’s aggressive effort to transition toward a carbon-free economy.

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The legislation is not aimed specifically at portable or RV-specific generators, but at high polluting landscaping equipment. According to the California Air Resources Board, operating a typical professional gas-powered lawn mower for an hour emits as much pollution as driving a car from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Operating a backpack leaf blower for an hour emits pollution comparable to driving that same car from Los Angeles to Denver.

Portable generators and built-in gas RV generators would be required to meet more stringent pollution standards as of 2024, and would be banned as of 2028 unless they meet zero emission standards. The RV industry fought the legislation, but was unsuccessful in stopping it.

The ban on sales will only apply to new generators. Owners of older engines will be permitted to continue using their existing equipment.

We’ll have a full story in tomorrow’s (Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021) newsletter.

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Will
9 months ago

All manufacturers of RV’s and the like only need to stop selling products in California.
California for some weird reason likes to think they speak for the rest of the 49 states but its increasingly obvious they don’t.

Protect Freedom
9 months ago

I see we have a few of our clueless California comrades commenting on here, about how great this regulation is and how it will force change for the better. That can only happen when there is available options for change for the better. In what form would a zero emission generator take? There is only one option, a fuel cell generator. That all sounds great until you realize that California has yet to put in a hydrogen delivery infrastructure. The same people who want zero emissions are too incompetent to build out a delivery system. They have had over a decade to build it out, and have made almost no progress. Add to that, the hydrogen stations are very unreliable. Then you have the issue of needing a carbon fiber hydrogen tank. Whose paying for that? Where are you going to put this giant tank? Then we have the fuel cell itself, which is in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Here’s the real problem. California is run by Democrats. Tthey don’t care about your quality of life.

Eric
9 months ago

Most comments are of “the sky is falling” sort. Every step taken to reduce pollution has been met with resistance, yet things have gotten better as a result.
These rules are going to be a good thing in the long run.

Phil Atterbery
9 months ago

When this story first reared it’s ugly head, I tried to chase down the exact text. I soon suffered a legaleze induced headache. As long as they don’t try to tell RVers they can’t operate thier installed gensets. That would be barrier for me.

Joseph Phebus
9 months ago

Sometimes inconvenience is needed to drive positive and necessary change. We have cleaner air and water and a healthier and longer living population because California and other environmentally conscious public servants imposed strict standards and laws like the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts were passed. Corporations predicted economic collapse and a significant portion of the populace screamed bloody murder at the audacity of the government to dare to address severe problems caused by the way products were designed. But we are healthier and live longer as a result of regulation and manufacturing standards

You can probably install a healthy number of solar panels and robust charger for the same cost of a generator. Problem solved. My biggest problem is forgetting to exercise our big on board generator. Never use it. A set of standards making solar the primary source of electricity combined with a very small backup generator would go a long way.

Why is evolution so difficult?

Diane Mc
9 months ago
Reply to  Joseph Phebus

Do you live in CA? We have brown outs/rolling blackouts. Never vote yes on any tax/bond measure. Never do what they say. Broke our rule and voted for watersheds 5 yrs ago to capture rain instead of letting it flow out to sea. Well haven’t started one watershed and we are on strict water savings….again. $1500 fine if you water 2 days before rain. Weather people can’t predict the rain here, so how are we suppose to know. Ridiculous. I’m all for clean air/water, etc. We all have it. The US isn’t the problem. It’s China & India. Read Michael Shellenberger’s Apocalypse Never. He spend 30 years calling for drastic measures due to Climate Change. He still believes in it, but left the cause because nothing they predicted ever happened and they were anti nuclear. He became a strong proponent of it.

Joseph Phebus
9 months ago
Reply to  Diane Mc

Not sure what your point is, Diane. If you are referring to Prop 3, that was defeated.

I do know that California had the most stringent standards for automobile emissions and eventually the rest of the cars sold in the US followed suit. California elected leaders that implemented the gold standard and places like LA with some of the worst air pollution in the country eliminated the smog and pollution so it no longer looks like Beijing or New Delhi. That’s a good thing and I’m happy the leadership ignored the gaslighting or attempts to point to those cities as a reason for inaction.

Phasing out (not banning or seizing existing) gas and diesel generators in favor of cleaner renewable alternatives seems a reasonable and ultimately less costly solution, just as emissions controls were phased in in new cars. If you still drive a 1974 Pinto or Delta 88 in California, to my knowledge no one is having their car seized, being fined or going to jail for it.

Marc Goldstone
9 months ago

The best decision my Wife and I made 18 years ago was to move to Bullhead City Arizona from the People’s Republik of Kalifornia. I feel for all my fellow RV’ers that will be adversely affected by this rediculous rule!!! Even worse is the sky high cost for Diesel fuel.

Diane Mc
9 months ago
Reply to  Marc Goldstone

Brother & wife just moved to AZ. Their 2 kids, 22,26, moved last year. Son,wife,3 daughters, 7,11,13, moving out at end of school year. We have 2 daughters, spouses & 4 grandchildren here. We love the weather, our home (on an acre in middle of SJ, husband has a large shop for working on vintage race cars). So much to move/sell. However, this may be a game changer: “State legislature passed SB 9. This law effective Jan 1, 2022 eliminates single family house zoning and along with it neighborhood voice since there are no community meetings, public hearings, or appeal process”. Developers can buy up a home in a neighborhood of sgl family homes & put up 4 to 10 units w/no parking required. Our home is 120 yr old Victorian. 1st non family owners. Original family have schools/streets/buildings named after them. Surrounded by many beautiful homes, some old/some new. Anyone sells we could have apartment buildings next to us & parking on streets (although we are on a narrow/winding road). 😢😡

Sandra S McIntosh
9 months ago
Reply to  Diane Mc

we got out 30 years ago. when the state over ruled the voters on the bottle tax, that was the final straw. there were other things done under the Browns.

Crowman
9 months ago

We will just take a ride to Oregon, Nevada or Arizona to buy what we need.

The Lazy Q
9 months ago
Reply to  Crowman

Very soon their border crossing will be like traveling to Canada. The inspection station will ask a lot more questions than do you have any fruits with you. Show me your papers, any guns, ammo, 11 round magazines, what year is that Diesel engine driven RV, now…nope can’t enter with that generator…we will confiscate it here and you can then enter and enjoy our dystopian society. Ensure you keep your papers on you as you may be stopped and searched at the discretion of the gestapo. Please enjoy your stay.

Sandra S McIntosh
9 months ago
Reply to  The Lazy Q

CA did this at the time of the great depression . they now call them food inspection station

The Lazy Q
9 months ago

Please allow everyone to post their views on this subject without stomping on their first amendment rights, unlike the first story when comments where cut.
Thank you.

Vincee
9 months ago
Reply to  The Lazy Q

Lazy Q you are right, my post was cut last week. I did not attack any individuals, political party or specific expect commenting on California. I guess the censors are from there.

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