Los Angeles Politicians Want to Ban All New Gas Stations – Opinion

California has some of the highest prices for gas in the country, and also the highest housing cost. Californians are facing a lot of challenges. Governor Gavin Newsom has committed to banning all new drilling and imposing a second gas tax on July 1.

The city of Los Angeles will always bring more insults to your already acrimonious situation. Paul Koretz (L.A. councilman) is proposing a policy which would ban permanent construction of new gasoline stations

“We are ending oil drilling in Los Angeles. We’re moving towards all-electric, new construction. And we are building toward fossil fuel-free transportation,” said Paul Koretz, the LA council member who is working on the policy. “Our great and influential city, which grew up around the automobile, is the perfect place to figure out how to move off the gas-powered car.”

Los Angeles is home to some of the highest crime rates and one of the poorest public transportation systems in the country. The homeless, mentally ill and drug addicts often occupy buses and trains. While the city council dreams up ways to make the lives of struggling Angelenos harder, they don’t offer any alternative to automobiles and only the wealthy can afford electric vehicles in the Golden State.

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LA’s developing policy is a significant shift for the car-reliant metro area, which has been ranked as one of the worst cities for US commuters. Los Angeles, if successful, would become the most populous city to adopt such a law. Andy Shrader, a staff member in Koretz’s office, said the council member hopes to see the policy move ahead by the end of the year.

“Our daily bad habits are destroying the natural systems we depend on to exist. It’s really up to cities to turn around climate change,” Shrader said. “If you have lung cancer you stop smoking. If your planet is on fire, you stop throwing gasoline on it.”

The real-life implementation of this pie-in the-sky environment strong-arming has not been revealed. Are gas stations destroyed by fire, or other natural causes allowed to be rebuilt after they are repaired? Will the city be able build more gas stations as it expands? Is there any plan for public transport to become more feasible?

Will it even matter to Los Angeles voters, who can’t seem to drum up the will to hold their politicians accountable for their jobs?

California’s most hated individual is the taxpayer.

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