California Becomes First in the U.S. to Ban New Gas Stations… Bill Introduced to Ban Pumping own Gas in Illinois

Officials from Petaluma, California have decided their city has enough places to fill up gas-powered cars. Last week, the local city council unanimously voted to ban new gas stations, building on a two-year moratorium passed in early 2019.

The council must approve the measure again at another reading on Monday. When it does, the bill will go into effect immediately, making Petaluma the first in the country to permanently halt the construction of new gas stations. The decision is directly tied to the city’s climate plan to get to zero emissions by 2030, and also points to the fact that the future of cars and trucks is electric—and that other cities need to start planning for that now.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — As cold weather arrives, drivers may wish they had someone to pump their gas for them; in Illinois that could be the new way of life as early as 2021.

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Legislators in the state last week introduced the Gas Attendant Act that would make it illegal for drivers to pump their own gas in Illinois.

Rep. Camille Lilly (D-Oak Park), who is sponsoring the bill, said it would upgrade the customer’s experience while keeping them safe.


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