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The Wall Street Journal reports that "more communities in California wine country are telling gasoline stations to set up shop somewhere else.

"Eight cities and towns in Napa and Sonoma counties have banned the construction of new gas stations. The city council in Novato, Calif., located in Marin County, passed a ban in an initial vote last week and is expected to give it final approval in November.

"Local leaders say the laws are part of an effort to fight climate change in a region that has been devastated by wildfires and drought.

They also say there is increasingly less need for gas stations in the area, as state data show electric vehicles are more common in Marin, Napa and Sonoma than the nation at large.

"Opponents say the bans will raise prices and force residents to drive farther for gas, and that new stations could also charge electric vehicles."

As reported here on MNB, California already has adopted rules that will end the sale of new gasoline-powered cars as of 2035.

KC's View:

The whole notion of planning is that you look at the future and then put the pieces in place to be best equipped to meat its challenges and opportunities.  I think that's what the state of California and some of its communities are trying to do.  (Though there is an exchange in "Your Views," below, that takes issue with that perspective.)