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No more gas stations – People will just go to the next city

As the debate over climate policy continues to heat up, one California city just took an unprecedented step: Banning all new gas stations.

As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, the city of Petaluma will ban the construction, expansion, rebuilding, and relocating of gas stations after a unanimous vote by the City Council. It does so in hopes of forcibly speeding up the transition to electric cars with the goal of reaching “carbon neutrality,” net-zero carbon emissions, by 2030.

“We need to do our part to help mitigate and adapt to our changing weather patterns that exist because of all the carbon we put in the atmosphere,” Councilwoman D’lynda Fischer said. “I hope other cities will follow suit and if they have existing fossil fuel stations that satisfy the needs of their community, they too will decide that they don’t need any more.”

“Prohibiting new gas stations serves the public interest by preventing new sources of pollution that adversely impact environmental and human health,” reads the legislation.

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