Mexico and Argentina, and 12 other countries, said Friday they would phase out gasoline sales over the next few years, as part of a new pact intended to reduce carbon emissions and stabilize global markets for alternative fuels.
The Council of Chief Ministers and Ministers of Transportation signed an agreement aimed at putting an end to gasoline sales in Mexico by 2026, while in Argentina, the move will take effect by 2025.
In three other countries, including the United States, 17 will get rid of gasoline sales by 2028 and 32 will do the same by 2035.
A total of 30 countries — including Australia, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and Vietnam — have agreed to halt the production or sale of gasoline and most other types of vehicles by 2040.
“This agreement offers a clear path forward for our leaders to promote technology change and build public support for more advanced technologies,” said Jared Blumenfeld, the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “The president is committed to using American leadership to help deliver on the Paris climate agreement goals while maintaining a robust U.S. economy.”