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Berkeley City Council votes to put ‘climate change’ warning labels on gas pumps

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By Doug Powers  •  November 19, 2014 09:08 PM

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If you’re driving through Berkeley, California — traveling perhaps to an area heroin needle exchange, abortion clinic or free marijuana handout — the local government wants you to know that if you have to put more gas in your car to get there, you’re doing something really unhealthy:

Some of the country’s first gas-pump warning labels about climate change are coming to Berkeley, a city with a long history of green and clean policies.

The Berkeley City Council voted late Tuesday to draft a proposal by next spring that will put stickers on gas pumps citywide to warn consumers that burning fuel contributes to global warming.

San Francisco is drafting a similar ordinance that the city’s Board of Supervisors could vote into law by March. The proposals in the liberal Bay Area cities are thought to be the first of their kind in the U.S.

Supporters of Berkeley’s measure hope that simply putting the labels in front of consumers will motivate them to drive less. One environmental group compares the labels to health warnings on cigarette packages.

Why don’t they just ban gas stations? Maybe that’s what the two members of the council who voted “no” wanted to do.

Here’s a mock-up for the Berkeley City Council’s consideration:

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