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Berkeley Pursues Gas-Pump Warning Labels

BERKELEY, Calif. — The San Francisco Bay Area city of Berkeley is moving forward with plans to put climate-change warning labels on gas pumps in what could be the first such requirement of its kind in the nation.

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Light from gas pumps glow in the early morning darkness at a station in Castro Valley, California.

The city's community environmental advisory commission called on the city manager last week to draft an ordinance for the labels. The Oakland Tribune reports that the city council is expected to vote on the ordinance in the fall.

A draft of the sign informs drivers that burning gas releases carbon dioxide, and the state has determined carbon dioxide emissions cause global warming.

Councilwoman Kriss Worthington says the idea is to get people to think about the impact of filling up.

The Western States Petroleum Association says the labels would violate the First Amendment.

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theRose | June 20, 2014 at 4:13 p.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

"The Western States Petroleum Association says the labels would violate the First Amendment."

How precisely would a warning label violate the First Amendment? If the label were, say, promoting false or misleading information, there is an argument to be made against them, but said argument would not - in fact - involve the First Amendment. Now Preventing the Petroleum folks from presenting their side would possibly violate the First Amendment but how exactly would a label do that?

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