Small Dem-run Colorado town opts to ban new gas stations, claims it will help fight climate change

The “you’ll own nothing” crowd took another step closer to the United Nations’ 2030 sustainability goals in the form of social engineering through city planning, nudging toward the end of gas stations in Colorado.

Democratic strongholds like New York and California have shown their favor toward ramming environmental agendas down their citizens’ throats with plans to phase out the use and sales of gasoline-powered vehicles. To that end, the city council of Louisville, Colorado, sitting just to the southeast of Boulder, approved an ordinance that would put a cap on the construction of new gas stations.

The city of 21,000 already has five stations and determined on Tuesday that they would allow for one more with an exception for a seventh if it is part of a major retailer’s property.

Speaking with Fox News, council member Maxine Most expressed, “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.”

The willingness to allow for the sixth station was reportedly a concession after the city’s sustainability advisory board sought to reduce the number to the current five and remove the exception for a large retailer. In addition to the ordinance capping the number of gas stations permitted in the city, it also set forth that new stations would be required to provide charging services to accommodate no fewer than two electric vehicles at a time, amounting to “20% of the number of gasoline pumps at the station.”

Specifying that this move was part of their broader goal to “Generate 75% of Louisville’s residential and commercial/industrial electric needs from carbon-free sources by 2030,” the city council cited a trend in bans in the California counties of Petaluma, Santa Rosa and Sonoma “due to health and environmental concerns with the continued use of gasoline-powered vehicles and equipment.”

“Gasoline station bans may also be seen as promoting the use of Electric Vehicles (EVs), thus, reducing vehicle emissions and encouraging low-carbon and cleaner energy options for transportation,” they contended.

Their desire to go further in enforcing their climate goals on the people was laid out in the acknowledgment that, “The proposal for a cap but not a full ban on new gasoline and automobile service stations is in recognition that there will continue to be some demand for gasoline and automobile service stations as more EVs enter the market and gasoline vehicles are transitioned out of the market over time.”

Meanwhile, in Boulder County where the U.S. Census estimated a population of around 330,000 people, Drive Electric Colorado suggested there were less than 10,000 electric vehicles, representing a mere fraction of the total cars on the road there.


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