King County Passes Temporary Ban on Fossil Fuel Infrastructure



For a quarter second I held out hope this included roads and parking garages.


"The temporary building ban gives the county executive's office time to study the impacts of expanding pipelines, constructing coal export terminals, and building other big fossil fuel projects proposed in the county over the last few years."
Its been decades for some of them and we need another study?

"Over the phone shortly before the vote, Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, who cosponsored the bill and who cited environment apocalypse movies and books as partial motivating factors in her decision"
Oh, I see. They need more time to study binge on Netflix.


Before climate change was a concern, nobody proposed bans on using fossil fuels because of their danger (e.g. Greenwood explosion), so for "environmental advocates" to resort to that argument to bolster their positions is patently disingenuous.


@3- why would a municipality not have jurisdiction over zoning and building? The 'luney right' pulls this garbage all the time, so why wouldn't we pull from their playbook?

@4-I didn't hear anyone propose a ban on fossil fuel use. But, again, whatever tools are at hand to make a dent in an entrenched, well funded, well subsidized industry that has proven time and again they have zero concern for residents.


@2 jackoff & @3 Ken Moron: Thank raindrop for his brilliant suggestion of paddling clueless trolls, so here ya go:
@2: WHAP!
@3: WHAP!
@4 That was your best idea yet, sugarlips. Bravo!
@5 Kennesaw Mountain: There has certainly been opposition from environmental groups to the fossil fuel industry for its willfully gluttonous land misuse. That has to stop. Climate change from over consumption of carbon based energy is destroying this planet. Many of us are concerned about the growing lack of clean air, safe, drinkable water, and the Earth's future. I know I am.


@7: It might not have helped enlighten you, Kenny, but I feel better.


"Advocates also hope the bill will go some way in preventing things like the giant 2016 natural gas explosion in Greenwood from happening again."

Can you link anyone saying this? As far as I can tell the measure is entirely aimed at large industrial users, not the normal distribution lines that run into most homes and businesses. The Greenwood explosion was caused by a small commercial line, so this particular measure would have no relevance to it.

Phasing out natural gas heating in commercial and residential usage might be something that will happen far in the future, but at the moment nobody's really pushing for it because it would be an utterly massive undertaking and with the current electric grid natural gas heating is usually more efficient anyways.