Who’s Got Gas? Some Cities Ban It, While States Ban the Bans

Who’s Got Gas? Some Cities Ban It, While States Ban the Bans

Natural gas is the new front on the climate wars.  Many cities have passed bans on new buildings powered by natural gas — from Berkley and San Jose in California to Seattle, Washington (paywall). But many Republican-led states in the South and Midwest have been trying to preempt local governments from banning natural gas. 

Why this Matters:  Gas used to be seen as the clean fuel of the future – no more.  There has been much progress made in limiting the use of natural gas in homes. 

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San Jose To Become Largest City to Ban Natural Gas for New Construction

San Jose To Become Largest City to Ban Natural Gas for New Construction

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer The city of San Jose, CA will become the largest city in the United States to ban natural gas from all new construction. The San Jose City Council is expected to approve a proposal that forbids natural gas use in new commercial and high-rise residential buildings, expanding an earlier […]

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One Cool Thing: Climate Change Warning Labels on Gas Pumps

One Cool Thing: Climate Change Warning Labels on Gas Pumps

Cambridge, Massachusetts will be the first, but it is unlikely to be the last city to require climate change warning labels on gas pumps.  The Hill reported that the ordinance says: “Requiring these labels at the gas pump will provide consumers with information about the impact of fossil fuel consumption directly at the point of […]

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62 Oil and Gas Companies Pledge to Reduce Methane, U.S. Companies Turn the Other Way

62 Oil and Gas Companies Pledge to Reduce Methane, U.S. Companies Turn the Other Way

This week, following a U.N. report showing that methane levels in the atmosphere are at an all-time high, more than 60 oil and gas companies joined a new voluntary agreement to report and reduce their emissions. The companies making the pledge represent 30% of global oil and gas operations, but none of them were American.

Why This Matters: According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the global oil and gas industry produced 82 gigatons of methane in 2019 alone.

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California to Ban Sales of Gas Cars by 2035

California to Ban Sales of Gas Cars by 2035

Yesterday, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state will phase out sales of all gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035. As Governor Newsom said in a separate event with Democratic governors yesterday, people have climate “goal fatigue” and are ready for the application of those goals–this move on gas-powered cars walks the walk on California’s ambitious […]

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New Report Throws Cold Water on Big Oil’s Plastic Plan

New Report Throws Cold Water on Big Oil’s Plastic Plan

By Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer Last month, we reported on the plan of American companies to foist an increasing amount of plastic goods and garbage on African countries. These plastics represent the “thin reed upon which the [oil] industry is placing all its hopes.” But now, as David Roberts reported for Vox, a new […]

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