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Gas pump warning labels would caution drivers to fill up at the planet’s risk

If we can put labels on cigarettes warning users about the risks of smoking, why not do the same for gasoline? An environmental group is campaigning to slap warning labels on California filling stations, SFGate reports, in order to remind gas guzzlers that driving is linked to climate change.

The labels, according to one mock-up proposed by the group, would read something like this:

Warning: The state of California has determined that global warming caused by greenhouse gases poses a serious threat to the economic well-being, public health, natural resources and the environment of California.

The campaign was started by the Bay Area chapter of 350.org, and its members have been pitching the idea to city governments in San Francisco and Berkeley. Oakland, they say, is next. Jamie Brooks, one of the group's members, explained that the warnings could help drive home the connection between everyday actions and their long-term effect on the planet.

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