In an effort to combat climate change, cities in California are prohibiting the building of new gas stations, despite record-high gas prices and the absence of scientific proof that prohibiting gas in California would have any influence on global temperatures.
Monday’s Los Angeles Times article stated:
“We didn’t know what we were doing, actually,” said Petaluma Councilwoman D’Lynda Fischer, who led the charge last year to prohibit new gas stations in the city of 60,000. “We didn’t know we were the first in the world when we banned gas stations.”
Since Petaluma’s decision, four other cities in the Bay Area have followed suit, and now, leaders in California’s most car-centric metropolis are hoping to bring the climate-conscious policy to Southern California.
It opens a new front in California’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions and already is generating opposition from the fuel industry, which argues consumers would suffer.
In 2020, only weeks after the state experienced rolling blackouts owing to a lack of wind and solar electricity, the governor of California, Gavin Newsom, declared that the state will restrict the sale of gas-powered automobiles in favor of electric vehicles only in 2035.
Analysts worry that Newsom’s demand might result in the closure of gas stations, the majority of which are small companies, and the loss of 32,000 jobs employed by car technicians who operate on classic internal combustion engines. In addition, recent investigations have revealed that one in four electric car charging facilities in the Bay Area of San Francisco are inoperable, and a Wall Street Journal road trip from New Orleans to Chicago nearly ended in tragedy.
Due to a multitude of extra taxes and restrictions, California has the most expensive gas prices in the country. The state’s climate change initiatives have had little effect on the global climate, while China’s emissions continue to rise.