A bicyclist rider maneuvers around motorists stuck in traffic on Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, at the intersection of Alameda Street, in downtown Los Angeles, where the price of gasoline on June 1 approached $8 a gallon at a Chevron station.(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

California cities ban new gas stations in battle to combat climate change

Jul 11, 2022 at 1:55pm

Grace Toohey

Without realizing they were starting a movement in green energy policy, leaders of a small Sonoma County city seem to have done just that when they questioned the approval process for a new gas station — eventually halting its development and others in the future.

“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.”

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