They’re loud, they pollute, and they serve little practical purpose.
We are speaking of gas-powered leaf blowers and the mystery of why we allow them to exist.
But if you are among the legions who despise these contraptions, take heart. More and more cities – at least 100 of them, according to the Audubon Society – have banned them or are restricting their use, and now the biggest state in the union has decided to ban them outright.
In October, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law making the Golden State the first to ban gas-powered leaf blowers (as well as gas-powered lawnmowers and other landscaping machines), starting in 2024