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California Restaurants’ Suit Over Berkeley Gas Ban Sparks Broader Debate

December 3, 2019
The California Restaurant Association (CRA) is suing the city of Berkeley over its ban on natural gas hookups at new residential and commercial buildings, elevating debate over a suite of state and local measures to phase out use of the fossil fuel and increase use of electrification as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The lawsuit -- filed Nov. 20 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California -- charges the city’s ordinance is preempted by federal...


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