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The Los Angeles Times reports that there is "a new front in California’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions" - five cities in the San Francisco Bay Area have voted to halt the opening of a any new gas stations.

It ends up that Petaluma, a city of about 60,000 people, was the first city in the world to do so.

And now, there is a move - nascent at the moment, but expected to gain at least some traction - to pass a similar ban in Los Angeles:  "While Petaluma officials at the time called its new gas pump ban 'completely uncontroversial,' it’s unclear how such a policy would go over in Los Angeles, a city with about 65 times as many people and a transportation infrastructure that still heavily relies on vehicles. Lobbyists for gas stations said they will oppose the motion in L.A. if it moves forward."

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz, says that "such a ban would better prepare the city for a future that doesn’t rely on fossil fuel-powered vehicles, which California has pledged to stop selling by 2035."

And Andy Shrader, director of environmental affairs in Koretz's office, says that "“L.A.’s enormous and damaging ecological footprint really helped set us on this path … If you have lung cancer, you stop smoking; if your planet’s on fire, you stop pouring gasoline on it."

KC's View:

You'd think.  Except the world is filled with lung cancer patients who can't or won't stop smoking, just as it is filled with people who don't acknowledge the existential threat that continued reliance on fossil fuels - by their very nature, a limited resource - may create for the human species.