Gasoline-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers will soon be a thing of the past in California. Sales of the small internal combustion engines used in the mowers and blowers will end as soon as 2024, and consumers will be offered rebates to buy electric replacements. The devices spew outsize amounts of smog-forming NOx, cancer-causing volatile organic compounds, and lung-damaging particulate matter. Operating a gasoline-powered leaf blower for an hour is equivalent to driving a 2017 Toyota Camry from New York City to Orlando, Florida. California, which has 35 million registered vehicles, has more than 16.7 million gasoline-powered lawn equipment and generators.

Read Full Story