Petaluma becomes first in the US to ban new gas stations

By Andrew Chamings, SFGate, March 2, 2021

“The ban — after a unanimous city council vote — makes the Sonoma County city the first in the nation to halt the construction of new gas stations.

“The city is also targeting zero emissions by 2030, and encouraging current fossil fuel gas stations to transition to battery and hydrogen cell stations. Existing gas stations will not be allowed to add more pumps, though they can instead add more infrastructure for electric vehicles.

“‘Within Petaluma there are multiple gas stations located within a 5-minute drive of every existing residence,’ the resolution states. ‘Therefore, there are adequate gas stations to serve existing and future internal combustion vehicles to the extent as they continue to exist.’

“Last year California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order banning the sale of new cars with an internal combustion engine starting in 2035.”

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