No Clipping For The Climate: Lawmakers Move To Ban Lawn Mowers

Eric Scheiner | February 23, 2023
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Gas-powered lawn mowers, chainsaws, leaf blowers, string trimmers and Zamboni machines in Minnesota may no longer be sold in the state by 2025 if some Democratic legislators get their way.

Minn. State Reps. Jerry Newton and Heather Edelson, have introduced legislation that would block the sale of landscaping appliances that run on gas, requiring that only electric battery versions be sold.

Newton and Edelson also introduced a bill (HF1716) requiring new Zambonis to be all electric by 2025.

The move resembles the one California, where Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a ban on selling gas-powered leaf blowers and lawn mowers, starting in 2024.

The California Air Resources Board also decided that all new vehicles in the state will run on electric batteries by 2035.

The Grand Rapids Herald Review reports that Sen. Justin Eichorn (R-Grand Rapids) said even riding lawn mowers would be subject to the proposed lawn and garden gas-powered ban law.

Hundreds of small arenas across the state would be impacted by the ice surfacing machine legislation, he said.

“Sometimes you just have to laugh and shake your head,” Eichorn said in a legislative update. “But at the speed Democrats are going, don’t be surprised if these bills eventually become law too.”

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