Berkeley to vote on climate change labels at gas pumps

Nov 18, 2014 2:12 PM by News Staff

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - The San Francisco Bay Area city of Berkeley will decide whether to slap stickers on gas pumps warning that burning fuel contributes to global warming in a plan that's a first of its kind in the country.

The Berkeley City Council is expected to vote Tuesday night on whether to move forward with the proposal to put climate-change warning labels on gas pumps citywide. San Francisco is drafting a similar ordinance that officials could vote on by next spring.

A spokeswoman for the Western States Petroleum Association, an oil-industry lobbying group, has said the labels reflect the state's and Berkeley's opinions and would force "unwanted speech in violation of the First Amendment."

The labels are part of a voter-approved city plan to reduce emissions by 33 percent between 2000 and 2020.

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