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California city council votes unanimously to outlaw new gas stations — and new pumps at existing stations. Expect more bans, Axios warns.

The city council in Petaluma, California, voted unanimously Monday night to permanently bar the construction of new gas stations as well as ban adding more gas pumps to existing stations, The Drive reported. According to local officials, the city already has enough places to fuel up internal combustion engine-bearing polluters.

What’s going on?

This new prohibition — which also includes language to streamline the process to add charging stations and possible hydrogen fuel cell stations — is part of the city’s attempt to push residents to shift to electric vehicles and get the city to hit its target of zero emissions by 2030, Gizmodo said.

According to the outlet, the bill is effective immediately for the city of 61,000 people that currently has 16 gas stations, with another one approved for construction later this year.

The bill claims, “Based on this inventory, there are multiple stations located within a 5-minute drive (2.1 miles at 25 mph) of every existing residence as well as all areas planned for residential development by the 2025 General Plan but not yet constructed.”

And the existing stations are not allowed to add more pumps, so if the city grows in population and gas becomes more in demand, well, people are just going to be out of luck.

Environmentalists are getting their way

Stand.earth, an environmental nonprofit group whose Stand Against Fossil Fuel Expansion Cities program pushed for the bill, celebrated the win, calling the ban “a massive step forward in the fight to protect communities and the climate from fossil fuels.”

Matt Krogh, the U.S. oil and gas campaign director at Stand.earth, told Axios that the current stations are providing all the fuel the community could need.

“This is not a ban on the existing gas stations, which are providing all the gas currently needed,” Krogh said. “The problem with allowing new gas stations is we don’t really need them and they’re putting existing gas stations out of business.”

“In California in particular, where state climate targets are required by law, new gas stations will have a short shelf life, and could be abandoned before they make enough money to pay for their own shut down and clean up,” he added in an email to Gizmodo. “This gas station ban is a common sense step to not get further bogged down by fossil fuel infrastructure.”

Krogh went on to praise Petaluma’s leadership for their bravery in being the first city to institute such a ban, noting that some 30 cities and counties have been instituting policies that imposed the Stand.earth agenda, Axios said.

The Petaluma effort has inspired more groups pressure local governments to ban gas stations, according to Axios, which added that the movement is spreading quickly.

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Oil to the rescue: President Biden sends dozens of diesel generators to Texas amid continued power outages

President Joe Biden’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Thursday afternoon that it is taking steps to help Texas as it continues to grapple with power outages across the state in the midst of a deep freeze.

Included in the FEMA assistance, The Hill reported, are “60 generators to support critical sites like hospitals and water facilities, 729,000 liters of water, more than 10,000 wool blankets, 50,000 cotton blankets and 225,000 meals.”

Sixty generators? What do those power providers run on?

Diesel. A fossil fuel.

Considering how frequently Biden and his party like to trash the industry, it’s notable that when the chips are down, the federal government — under Democratic control — turns to oil to save the day, the Wall Street Journal pointed out in an editorial posted Thursday night.

Critics have gone after the state’s reliance upon wind power in such an oil-rich state, but the entire grid was impacted — not just wind turbines that were created to withstand Texas heat and not a once-in-a-lifetime cold snap.

Regardless of the state’s use of renewables like wind or solar, when there was an emergency need for power, oil was the answer — despite the fact that the left seeks to ban fossil fuels, the Journal noted.

In fact, Democrat-run governments continue to be reliant upon their least-hated fossil fuel, natural gas — as well as oil for backup.

“Liberals blame gas plants for not covering wind’s you-know-what when turbines froze amid surging demand,” the paper said. “This is ironic since they seem to be acknowledging that fossil fuels are necessary, though they still want to banish them.”

The Journal pointed out that left-wing states like California and New York continue their “love-hate relationship” with oil and gas.

The Golden State’s electric utilities commonly deploy diesel generators when they have to cut power during heavy winds, the Journal said. And Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom suspended emissions rules and relied heavily on diesel generators over the summer during a heat wave that pushed California’s grid to the limits “and renewables were MIA.”

And then there’s the Empire State, home of Green New Deal author Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, where the government’s anti-fossil fuel moves have made it increasingly more likely that people will burn oil instead of clean natural gas:

As for New York, its gas plants can switch to oil. So if there is a shortage of gas due to weather or pipeline constraints, power plants can continue to run by burning oil. One irony is that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s natural gas pipeline blockade, which has limited gas shipments from Pennsylvania, has reinforced the state’s reliance on less-clean-burning oil for heating fuel.

If we can learn anything from Texas’ current power problems, it’s that the environmentalists’ positions and policy proposals don’t work, the paper said. And fossil fuels will have to be used to fix the problems caused by their failed adventures.

The Journal editorial concluded:

Climate activists want to replace gas in homes and buildings with electric heating and stoves, but Texas is showing the problems with this policy. If the power goes out, people don’t have heat or hot water. Electric batteries aren’t a solution because they can’t provide backup power for entire homes including appliances.

The harder the climate absolutists strive to banish fossil fuels, the more Americans learn they can’t live without them.

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Jen Psaki spars with reporter who asked where promised ‘green’ jobs are for laid-off pipeline? workers

White House press secretary Jen Psaki engaged in a testy exchange with Fox News reporter Peter Doocy on Monday, when the journalist pressed her on when fossil fuel industry workers laid off due to President Joe Biden’s climate initiatives can expect the “green jobs” the administration has promised.

What are the details?

“When is it that the Biden administration is going to let the thousands of fossil fuel industry workers, whether it’s pipeline workers or construction workers, who are either out of work or will soon be out of work because of the Biden EO, when it is and where it is they can go for their green job?” Doocy asked Psaki. “That is something the administration has promised. There is now a gap, so I’m just curious when that happens, when those people can count on that?”

“Well, I’d certainly welcome you to present your data of all the thousands and thousands of people who won’t be getting job,” the press secretary replied.

“Maybe next time you’re here you can present that,” she added, in a response that The New York Post interpreted as “mocking” Doocy.

The Daily Caller pointed out:

On Biden’s first day in office he signed an executive order revoking the Presidential permit granted for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which was expected to run from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. This action is expected to cost roughly 11,000 American jobs. TC Energy, the company behind the construction of the pipeline, said on Jan. 20 that there could be an immediate loss of 1,000 construction jobs.

Doocy went on to ask Psaki about AFL-CIO President Richard Trumpka’s comments to Axios over the weekend, when the union chief criticized his longtime friend, Biden, for imposing the layoffs without accompanying options for the impacted workers.

“I wish he hadn’t done that on the first day,” Trumpka told Axios’ Jonathan Swan of Biden. “It did and will cost us jobs…I wish he had paired that more carefully with the thing he did second where he is talking about creating jobs.”

Psaki noted to Doocy that “Trumka also indicated in the same interview was that President Biden has proposed a climate plan with transformative investments and infrastructure, and laid out a plan that will not only create millions of good union jobs, but also help tackle the climate crisis.”

She added, “And, as the president has indicated when he gave his prime time address to talk about the American Rescue Plan, he talked about his plans to also put forward a jobs plan in the weeks or months following. He has every plan to do exactly that.”

Doocy replied, “But there are people living paycheck to paycheck. There are now people out of jobs once the Keystone pipeline stops construction … So what do these people who need money now, when do they get their green jobs?”

Psaki responded, “The president and many Democrats and Republicans in Congress believe that investment in infrastructure, building infrastructure, that’s in our national interests, boosts the U.S. economy, creates good-paying union jobs here in America, and advances our climate and clean energy goals, are something that we can certainly work on doing together, and he has every plan to share more about his details of that plan in the weeks ahead.”


Fox’s Doocy challenges Psaki: When are Keystone workers getting their green jobs?

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Anything else?

The Biden administration has taken heat from critics on both sides of the political aisle for shutting down the Keystone XL pipeline project and leaving behind the affected workers.

John Kerry, Biden’s climate envoy, made headlines last month when he suggested fossil fuel industry workers who find themselves out of a job due to the administration’s environmental policies would have “better choices” such as making solar panels.

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