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We all have our pet peeves. One of mine are anything that is loud. This includes:

  • Autos that make too much noise, either through:
  • Loud exhaust
  • Loud audio equipment (generally accompanied by fully open windows)
  • Other vehicles that make too much noise
  • Construction that makes too much noise
  • SORE that make too much noise

You are probably asking what are SORE? They are: “small off-road engines.” The California Legislature passed a bill that would ban them in the next few years, and Governor Newsome just signed this bill.

This brief post is about this bill, its provisions and the SORE impending demise in my (soon to be much quieter) state.

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Bob Meinetz on Nov 18, 2021

John, I'm with you on noise. Though Burbank has banned use of gas blowers & mowers before 8AM, they're just as loud at 9AM. Personally, I have a rechargeable electric blower and string trimmer that help me maintain my drought-tolerant, grass-free landscaping any time I like.

With 60% of California electricity generated by burning natural gas, however, I cringe when I see them considered "zero-emission" equipment - just as my Nissan Leaf was, when it was introduced in 2011. I think public increasingly views "zero emissions" as being synonymous with "out-of-sight emissions".

The fact Gov. Newsom signed SB 423 in September, which grants natural gas "zero-carbon" status because it will supposedly help to eliminate itself sometime in the future, confirmed the administration's interest in lowering carbon emissions is illusory; its ban on small off-road engines, little more than a PR stunt. Even if it will make our neighborhoods a little quieter.


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John Benson on Dec 16, 2021

Hi Bob, thanks for the comment.

Further to this post and your comment:

December 11, 2021: The California Air Resources Board on Thursday voted to require that new, small off-road engines – like the ones found in leaf blowers and lawn mowers – meet zero-emission standards starting in 2024. In addition, portable generators, including those found in recreational vehicles, must be zero-emission by 2028.

“Today’s action by the Board addresses these small but highly polluting engines. It is a significant step towards improving air quality in the state, and will definitely help us meet stringent federal air quality standards,” CARB Chair Liane Randolph said in a statement. “It will also essentially eliminate exposure to harmful fumes for equipment operators and anyone nearby.”

The requirements will apply to new equipment manufactured after 2024, meaning Californians who currently own gasoline-powered equipment will still be allowed to operate it even after the requirement kicks in. In addition, older models on store shelves can still be purchased even if they are gasoline-powered, according to CARB.



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