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California pulls the plug on gas-powered leaf blowers under new law

Original post made on Oct 13, 2021

Nearly three decades after Peninsula cities began implementing bans on gas-powered leaf blowers, the effort has found a foothold at the state level, with the governor signing a bill that will phase out their sales.

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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Oct 13, 2021 at 2:47 pm

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I'm thankful that I bought a generator before this latest assault on common sense by our insane rulers. Before forcing full electric conversion, it would be wise to have better than 3rd world electrical reliability in place.

Posted by Really !
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Oct 14, 2021 at 1:01 pm

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Good point Joe. A gas generator is needed when PG&E can't provide electric power.

You guys are SO NOT GETTING IT:
"These emissions worsen air quality and negatively impact human health, causing asthma and lung disease and other awful health impacts on landscaping professionals who breathe in exhaust day in and day out," Berman said.

Are you NOT including the health impact of the flumes of carcinogenic laden dirt and debris that ALL BLOWERS blow into the air, floating hundreds of feet. WE ALL BREATHE THAT AIR.

Also, until China decommissions their 1,100 coal burning energy plants (hundreds more coming online in 2021-2022, seems pointless to mandate gas powered anything - from blowers, to furnaces, to water heaters, etc.

Posted by been there
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Oct 14, 2021 at 5:30 pm

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Banning generators? Yes. The new law bans generators. What are we supposed to do when the lights go out and our refrigerators stop working?
Oh! Yes! We can buy an electric version. A generator that works on electricity. Of course. Just plug it in when the power goes out........ Right.
Remember. We elected them.

Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Oct 14, 2021 at 7:15 pm

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Easy solution - buy a BIG generator.

Posted by MP Reader
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 15, 2021 at 9:35 pm

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Happy to see these changes kicking in state-wide! We have an outdoor air quality sensor, and the difference in air quality is noticeable when gardeners are nearby using gas-powered equipment. We own electric/battery powered lawn equipment and it's been great for us -- no issues over several years of use. And as a bonus, comparatively our electric equipment needs no real maintenance, oiling, fumbling with gas cans, etc. There's a lot of irony in the concerns about having gas generators as a backup to use when PGE has an outage -- more and more these days, those outages are climate change related (either spikes in demand after extreme weather, or preemptive shutoffs). Climate change cuts deeper each year into our quality of life whether we like it or not. This change for the benefit of our climate is much-needed and not a day too soon.

Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Oct 15, 2021 at 9:46 pm

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There is no irony in have a natural gas powered generator to use when PG&E is having an outage and my solar system cannot carry the load - it is simply good planning.

Posted by Willows Dad
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Oct 22, 2021 at 3:30 pm

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It's time for the city to ban these nuisances.

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