Colorado city fighting climate change with rule allowing only six gas stations

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Colorado city fighting climate change with rule allowing only six gas stations

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The town of Louisville, Colorado, passed an ordinance Tuesday night limiting the number of gas stations allowed to operate within town to only six.

The City Council passed the ordinance unanimously, according to the Colorado Hometown Weekly, as part of an effort to combat climate change.

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The ordinance also mandates that gas stations should be at least 1,000 feet apart from each other and also requires the “installation of electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations for any expanded, modified or new gasoline or automobile service station equaling 20% of the number of gasoline pumps at the stations, with no fewer than two such charging stations.”

Gas station business owners will be required to reapply for a permit to operate a gas station if the facility lies vacant for more than a year.

A seventh gas station can be built if it is “part of a new, large single-user retail center,” according to the ordinance.

“We have an obligation to take every step possible to address the changes to our climate that are ravaging our planet and directly impacting the health, well-being and livelihoods of the constituents we represent in Louisville,” council member Maxine Most told Fox News before the vote on Tuesday.

The town of Louisville, Colorado, is located in Boulder County and is in the northern part of the state, and only has a population of roughly 20,000 people.

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States and jurisdictions have taken various actions to fight climate change and lower emissions. In California, lawmakers banned the sale of new gas-powered cars beginning in 2035 as a way to accelerate the move to electric vehicles from gas-powered ones.

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