Insane. The Berkeley City Council voted to draft a proposal that will put stickers on gas pumps citywide to warn consumers that burning fuel contributes to global warming.
In a first move toward getting tougher on global warming, the Berkeley City Council on Tuesday night voted to draft language to mandate the city's gas stations label their gas pumps with "Global Warming Alert" stickers, warning customers that filling up emits dangerous carbon dioxide.
The vote passed 7-2, with councilmembers Susan Wengraf and Gordon Wozniak voting no.
The city manager will now direct staff to direct write an ordinance over the next three months to detail the plan, which may be put into place by next spring.
San Francisco is drafting a similar ordinance that the city's Board of Supervisors could vote into law by March. The proposals in both Bay Area cities are thought to be the first of their kind in the U.S.
Berkeley and San Francisco are well aware that they will likely be sued by the Western States Petroleum Association. The oil-industry lobbying group has already told the cities that the fuel station carbon dioxide labels "violate the First Amendment’s prohibition against compelled speech