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Berkeley City in California has always been loony, but they may have exceed their own craziness. For the original home of the “Free Speech” movement, they have no free speech. They don’t have energy efficiency either. They’ve banned natural gas, and stripped the city code of all references to gender. Enter: the “maintenance hole” instead of “manhole.”
CNS News reported:
ON - TUESDAY - THE - COUNCIL - APPROVED
ON TUESDAY, THE COUNCIL APPROVED AN ORDINANCE PROPOSED BY COUNCILMEMBER KATE HARRISON, EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2020, ON ANY NEW BUILDINGS, REQUIRING ALL NEW BUILDINGS BUILT TO HAVE ELECTRIC INFRASTRUCTURE AND BANNING NATURAL GAS ENERGY:
RECOMMENDATION 1. ADOPT AN ORDINANCE ADDING A NEW CHAPTER 12.80 TO THE BERKELEY MUNICIPAL CODE (BMC) PROHIBITING NATURAL GAS INFRASTRUCTURE IN NEW BUILDINGS WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF JANUARY 1, 2020.
THE - NOVEMBER - BUDGET - PROCESS - FOR
2. REFER TO THE NOVEMBER 2019 BUDGET PROCESS FOR CONSIDERATION OF ALLOCATING UP TO $273,341 PER YEAR FROM EXCESS EQUITY TO FUND A TWO-YEAR POSITION IN THE BUILDING & SAFETY DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. THE STAFF PERSON WILL ASSIST WITH IMPLEMENTING THE GAS PROHIBITION ORDINANCE AND REACH CODES, AND PERFORM OTHER DUTIES AS SPECIFIED IN THE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS SECTION OF THIS ITEM.
Sigh. Natural gas is an energy efficient fuel and produces less emissions than other fossil fuels....
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