Louisville, Colorado city council just voted to ban new gas stations saying that it helps combat climate change.
City Council Votes to Forbid New Gas Stations
The Louisville, Colorado City Council’s plan to forbid the development of fresh gas stations and auto service stations has garnered censure. Despite the council’s assertion that it’s aimed at curbing climate change, a GOP representative criticized it as a misuse of authority.
The city council in Louisville, about 20 miles outside Denver, voted Tuesday to set the cap at six filling stations for its 21,000 residents. A seventh would be allowed only if it’s part of a large retail center.
The act of virtue signaling will come at the expense of convenience for citizens and will presumably see the city lose some tax revenue.
Town Left With Just 6 Gas Stations
If implemented, the ban would restrict Louisville’s 21,000 residents to six gas stations. The only exception under the ordinance would be if the seventh station was a component of a significant retail complex.
“We have an obligation to take every step possible to address the changes to our climate that are ravaging our planet and directly impacting the health, well-being, and livelihoods of the constituents we represent in Louisville,” said councilwoman Maxine Most.
“I don’t think any single action this council or community takes is going to fix climate change,” Most said during the vote. “But I think it’s a really good idea to decarbonize because it sends a signal and it sends a message.”
Louisville’s green policies to fight climate change include meeting the entire city’s electricity needs with carbon-free sources by 2025.
Pushback on the Plan
Not everyone is behind the plan
According to Charlie Danaher, the GOP spokesman in Boulder County, the ordinance is a display of the left-leaning city council’s ego and constitutes an abuse of power.
The Louisville ban is the latest in the nation; several municipalities in California have been installing similar restrictions since 2021.
If any existing gas station closes for more than a year, any business seeking to reopen the location will have to ask for a special permit to sell gasoline.
Electric vehicles might be the future of transportation, but the technology is not yet practical for everyone and is cost-prohibitive for many Americans.
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