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Petaluma, California is the first US city to ban the construction of new gas stations and pumps as part of its proposed plan Carbon neutrality by 2030.
The city council unanimously approved a bill to continue an existing two-year moratorium indefinitely.
The city’s 16 existing gas stations are allowed to continue operating, and the bill makes it easier for stations to add EV charging stations and other alternative gas stations on their premises.
“This is a massive step forward in the fight to protect communities and the climate from fossil fuels,” said a non-profit environmental organization Stand.earth, who supported the campaign for the bill, said on Twitter.
Last September, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state would ban sales of new gasoline and diesel vehicles until 2035.
Newsom stressed that the move is aimed not only at improving the environment and combating climate change, but will also restart US auto manufacturing.
“This is the most powerful step our state can take to combat climate change. We have been letting cars pollute the air our children and families breathe for too many decades.” said Newsom.
“Californians shouldn’t have to worry if our cars give our children asthma. Our cars shouldn’t make forest fires worse – and should create more days with smoky air. Cars shouldn’t melt glaciers or raise sea levels, which threatens our cherished beaches and coastlines. “
Several other California cities stepped up their climate protection initiatives over the past year, including Santa Monica, which last month created one one mile emission-free delivery zone – Support of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator’s (LACI) Partnership for the electrification of the transport sector The aim is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution by an additional 25% by 2028.
The delivery zone provides priority access to zero-emission delivery vehicles, including electric vehicles, e-cargo scooters, and remote-controlled small delivery vans, within certain loading zones.
In December, Cambridge, Massachusetts became the first US city to require stickers to be affixed to fuel pumps, warning drivers: “Burning gasoline, diesel and ethanol has a significant impact on human health and the environment, including contributing to climate change. “
City of Cambridge
The city wants to reduce emissions by 80% and offset the rest by 2050 in order to meet its climate-neutral goals.
Transportation accounts for 28% of greenhouse gas emissions in the US, mainly from burning fossil fuels for cars, trucks, ships, trains and planes, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
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Published on March 8, 2021 – 15:00 UTC