China plans to ban cars that run on gasoline or diesel – Los Angeles Times

China plans to eventually ban vehicles powered by traditional fuels, such as gasoline and diesel, as the country looks to cast itself as a global leader of environmental initiatives and possibly become an auto-export powerhouse.

Xin Guobin, vice minister of industry and information technology, offered no clear timeline when he announced the plan over the weekend at a forum in the eastern port city of Tianjin. But he said the ban would greatly affect the environment and development of China’s homegrown auto industry, according to the state-run New China News Agency.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has become one of the most vocal advocates for the Paris accord, a 2016 global climate change initiative championed by President Obama. President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the deal this year.

China — which is the biggest investor in renewable energy, even as it’s still the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases — has vowed to cap its carbon emissions by 2030. The streets of Taiyuan, a manufacturing city in the heart of China’s coal country, already are filled with electric taxis.

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