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Petaluma in California became the first US city to ban the construction of new gas stations and pumps as part of its plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.
The municipal council unanimously approved a bill to maintain a two-year moratorium indefinitely.
The city’s 16 existing gas stations will be able to continue operating, and the bill will make it easier for stations to add electric vehicle charging points and other alternative gas stations to their premises.
“This is a huge step forward in the fight to protect communities and the climate from fossil fuels,” environmental nonprofit Stand.earth, who supported the campaign for the bill, said on Twitter.
Last September, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state would ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2035.
Newsom stressed that the measure is not only aimed at improving the environment and combating climate change, but that it will also restart American automobile manufacturing.
“This is the single most important step our state can take to fight climate change – for too many decades we have allowed cars to pollute the air our children and families breathe.” Newsom said.
“Californians shouldn’t have to worry if our cars are giving our children asthma. Our cars shouldn’t make wildfires worse – and create more smoky air-filled days. Cars shouldn’t melt glaciers or raise sea levels, threatening our cherished beaches and coasts.
Several other California cities have stepped up their climate initiatives over the past year, including Santa Monica, which last month announced the creation of a one mile zero emission delivery zone – support the Los Angeles Cleantech incubator (LACI) Transport electrification partnership target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and air pollution by an additional 25% by 2028.
The delivery zone will provide priority access to zero-emission delivery vehicles, including electric vans, electric freight scooters and small remote-controlled delivery robots, in certain loading zones.
In December, Cambridge, Massachusetts became the first city in the United States to require the use of decals on fuel pumps, warning drivers that: “The combustion of gasoline, diesel and gasoline. ethanol has major consequences for human health and the environment, in particular by contributing to climate change. ”
The city wants to reduce its emissions by 80% and offset the rest by 2050, to stay in line with its carbon neutrality objectives.
Transportation accounts for 28% of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, mostly from the burning of fossil fuels for cars, trucks, ships, trains and planes, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. environment.
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Published March 8, 2021 – 15:00 UTC