Berkeley, CA is looking to make strides in the clean energy business. Currently, Berkeley is the only city in the United States that has implemented a ban of Natural Gas in residential and low-rise construction. This natural gas ban is falling in line with the current west coast trend to cut down on fossil fuel dependencies. According to Berkeley City Council member, Kate Harrison, natural gas accounts for 27% of the greenhouse gas emissions.
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Seattle is making an attempt to move aggressively towards cutting the city emissions. In September, Mayor Jenny Durkan signed a bill that would tax home heating oil an additional 24 cents per gallon. This tax would be on top of the existing 10% heating oil tax that currently exists for the residents of Seattle. This tax will take effect starting during the summer of 2020.