Gas Stations are the Next Target in the Green Revolution
With some state governments, like California, mandating the sale of electric-only cars, and some automakers saying they intend to sell only electric cars within a decade, it appears like the days of the internal combustion engine are numbered.
But common sense says gas-powered cars and trucks will be around years after the magical 2030 deadline has come and gone. People will move to newer forms of transportation – be it electric, hydrogen, or some other alternative. But only when they think it’s right for them to do so (and they can afford it).
But individual choice is far too slow for some. How will the green transportation revolution be realized if all those gasoline engines are still on the road 10 or 20 years after the last one rolls of a dealer’s lot?
By going after gas stations. According to Axios, climate change activists are trying to limit the construction of new gas stations in an effort to “accelerate the shift to electric vehicles:”
“In the 2020s, this is not the time to be expanding fossil fuel infrastructure,” Woody Hastings, co-coordinator of CONGAS, tells Axios.
Gas stations are “already ubiquitous — there’s no shortage.”
He says his group has succeeded in blocking three applications to build new stations in Sonoma [California].
“A lot of the stuff that happens here can be framed in the climate crisis frame, and that does motivate people here,” Hastings said.
It’s a small movement but one that’s likely to gain momentum, particularly as 2030 draws closer.
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