Members of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, State Representatives Jerry Newton, and Heather Edelson, have introduced bills on Monday that would ban the sale of gas-powered landscaping appliances. The legislations would require that only electric and battery powered appliance to be sold.
Any appliance that uses “a spark ignition engine rated at or below 19 kilowatts or 25 gross horsepower” would fall under the ban. Most common lawn care appliances fall under the specified category, this would include lawn mowers, lawn edgers, string trimmers, chainsaws, brush cutters, even Zambonis.
“DFLers are committed to taking action on climate – unchecked climate pollution threatens Minnesota’s future,” Minnesota House Speaker Melissa Hortman said. “Now is the time to take bold action and ensure Minnesotans have the healthy climate and clean energy future they deserve.”
Other Democratic cities such as New York City, Los Angeles, and Seattle are pushing for similar bans. According to a Morning Consult poll, 56% of Democrats approve of a similar ban, such as the recent announcement of the banning of gas-powered stoves.