As coal’s demise spiral continues, the following entrance within the struggle in opposition to the local weather disaster is pure gasoline. Throughout the nation, a rising variety of municipalities are transferring to ban or limit pure gasoline in new houses and different buildings, or adopting insurance policies to encourage the usage of electrical energy, relatively than gasoline, for heating and home equipment.
Utilities more and more see that wind, solar and storage batteries at the moment are cost-competitive or cheaper than pure gasoline energy crops. However what’s driving the anti-gas motion on the native degree is the dedication of cities to make deep cuts of their emissions of carbon and different international warming gases.
In June, Berkeley, Calif., turned the primary metropolis to ban gasoline in new development, beginning subsequent yr. The famously liberal metropolis has been on the forefront of different environmental initiatives – banning Styrofoam, operating metropolis autos on biodiesel, and extra – and different locations are already following its lead on pure gasoline.
More than 20 different California jurisdictions – together with San Jose, the nation’s 10th-largest metropolis – have…