When liberals first floated the idea of banning gas stoves, naturally the liberals mocked conservatives, saying it was just another right-wing conspiracy theory. But like most conservative “conspiracy theories” this one is coming true. New York has officially banned gas cookstoves in all new buildings. Not only that, but they will not allow furnaces or propane heating. I bought a house in the Poconos that had electric heat and it cost me $400 a month in electricity so I put in a propane stove. I cut my bill by $300 a month.
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— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 5, 2023
And now, here is CBS News reporting that they are, in fact, banning gas stoves:
New York becomes the first state to ban gas stoves in new residential building construction
New York has officially become the first U.S. state to ban gas stoves from new residential building construction.
The new $229 billion fiscal year budget was approved by Gov. Kathy Hochul and the Democratic-led legislature on Tuesday night and contains a provision that bans gas stoves from new residential buildings. The law also bans furnaces and propane heating.
Under the new law, all-electric heating and cooking is required in new buildings shorter than seven stories by 2026, and in buildings taller than seven stories by 2029 — but is designed to largely impact residential buildings, with exceptions in place for commercial and industrial buildings such as restaurants and stores.
“Just like we had to, a long time ago, transition from coal as your energy source, we do have to transition. There are clean energy alternatives,” said Hochul in an interview on Wednesday with FOX 5 New York.
“It’s going to take time and I want to make sure that New Yorkers don’t get hit hard for the costs, so we’re going to roll this out. But new buildings that are going up, they can go electric, they can do heat pumps,” the governor added.
This will be just one more reason people will have to move out of New York State as if they really needed another one. It seems to be a race between New York and Clifornia to see who goes bankrupt first. Right now, it’s a dead heat.
The state’s budget doesn’t ban gas in all new buildings – there are exceptions for large commercial and industrial buildings like stores, hospitals, laundromats, and restaurants, for instance. But the impact on new residential buildings could be significant. Buildings account for 32% of New York State’s planet-warming emissions, according to a 2022 report.
Methane, the main component of natural gas used to fuel stoves and heat homes, has more than 80 times as much warming power as carbon dioxide in the first two decades it’s in the atmosphere. For that reason, scientists have narrowed in on the fossil fuel as a way to rapidly decrease planet-warming pollution. Several studies also have found that gas stoves are responsible for severe health conditions, including asthma.
The law’s passage comes after a federal official’s comments on gas stoves sparked controversy earlier this year. Richard Trumka Jr., a US Consumer Product Safety commissioner, set off a firestorm when he said in January that gas stoves were a significant source of indoor pollution linked to childhood asthma, and suggested that the agency could be working to ban them in new homes. Trumka later clarified his statement, saying the agency is “not looking to go into anyone’s homes and take away items that are already there.”
While New York is the first state to pass such a law, other cities have led the way. In 2019, Berkeley became the first US city to pass a code banning natural gas hookups in new buildings. Other cities, including San Francisco in 2020 and New York City in 2021, quickly followed suit.