[Ed. – It’s come to this.]
Petaluma, California, has voted to outlaw new gas stations, the first of what climate activists hope will be numerous cities and counties to do so.
Why it matters: Expect more such ordinances, particularly in liberal towns. Grassroots groups are popping up with the mission of spreading this type of ban and forcing pollution cleanups at existing gas stations.
- The movement aims to accelerate the shift to electric vehicles.
- “This is not a ban on the existing gas stations, which are providing all the gas currently needed,” Matt Krogh, U.S. oil and gas campaign director for the environmental group Stand.earth, tells Axios.
- “The problem with allowing new gas stations is we don’t really need them and they’re putting existing gas stations out of business.”
- Existing stations won’t be allowed to add new gas pumps, though they’re encouraged to build electric charging bays.