Colorado governor moves to rid state of ‘loud, smelly, noisy’ gas-powered yard equipment

Colorado Governor Jared Polis is aiming to phase out the use of gas-powered yard equipment to create a greener, quieter state, but people have questions.

Thanks to an executive order, state employees and state contractors who perform lawn and garden services will have the next two years to trade in their gas-powered equipment for their electric counterparts. The list includes mowers, leaf blowers and weed whackers, which Polis described as “loud, smelly [and] noisy.”

“We’re going to lead the way on this. We’re going to move away from the loud, smelly, noisy equipment with diesel fuel to the lower cost, cleaner, quieter electric leaf blowers and lawn mowers,” he stated.

Around three-quarters of all mechanical equipment used to keep the state Capitol grounds is already electric, but the order would force the conversion of all equipment used to keep other state grounds including parks.

Polis is also asking that everyone consider following suit after the EPA warned that even one smaller gas-powered tool puts out the same amount of pollution per hour as 11 vehicles.

“The state is going to be asking others to do this, and we do want private partners to do this, we want people to do this in their homes… the state needs to lead the way. We need to put our own skin in the game,” he explained.

Unfortunately for the governor, not everyone is as interested as he is:


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