Cambridge, MA recently passed a city ordinance to require signs at gas station pumps. The signs will provide a climate warning related to fossil fuels.

The bright yellow label reads, “Warning – Burning Gasoline, Diesel and Ethanol has major consequences on human health and on the environment including contributing to climate change.”

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The city of Cambridge added the signs as part of its push to reduce the city’s emissions. 43% of emissions in the state come from transportation.

A spokesman for the city told The Independent, “The City of Cambridge is working hard with our community to fight climate change. Since burning fossil fuels to power our automobiles is a big part of the cause, we know that we have to convert to less polluting transportation and replace gasoline and diesel with renewable energy. The gas pump stickers will remind drivers to think about climate change and hopefully consider non-polluting options.”

James Brooks, founder of Think Beyond the Pump, wrote in an op-ed on the labels, “The goal is to create a social norm around gassing up and put public pressure on consumers to find ways to reduce emissions. Of course, there is some guilt involved; drivers get the message, and they know everyone else gets it, too. That forces drivers to recognize they’re part of the problem. It creates a sense of accountability,” he wrote.

Read more about energy efficiency and emission reductions in One Green Planet, including the G20 statuses for emissions.

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