Although Joe Biden’s sweeping federal ban on fossil fuel-powered appliances was shot down, the liberal war on gas stoves rages on. New York state lawmakers are looking to pass an identical ban on the devices to its residents. The bill is being brought forth in what the state claims are an attempt to cut back on day-to-day fossil fuel usage. Currently, California and Washington are the only other states with similar legislation on gas stove restrictions, although they are only enforceable through building codes, leaving some leeway for landowners to be able to be in possession of such devices. New York’s ban would be outright and forbid the possession and sale of gas stoves beyond a set date.
By Paul Bois; March 24, 2023
New York lawmakers have inched closer to banning gas stoves and fossil fuel appliances in most buildings and also single-family homes.
The proposal in the Democrat-controlled state will move forward with the state budget at the end of March and Democrats in both chambers of the state legislature have “endorsed proposals to prohibit fossil fuel furnaces, water heaters, clothes dryers and gas stoves in most new construction,” according to POLITICO.
New York would be the first to take this step through legislative action; California and Washington have done so through building codes. An agreement has not been finalized to ensure passage, but the new restrictions are included in all three plans being discussed in Albany.
Supporters see the potential law as a national model that they hope can spur similar action by other states and the federal government to limit fossil fuel use in buildings, which are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate change.
Pat McClellan, policy director at the New York League of Conservation Voters, said New York can set the precedent for the rest of the country to follow.
“If we prove it can be done and we have the political will to do this, it’s going to open the floodgates for other states to take action,” said McClellan.
Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul has only endorsed the sale of banning gas stoves for new buildings while allowing existing buildings to keep such stoves in place. The proposed measure from Democrats would still allow gas stoves in new restaurants mostly due to their efficiency in food preparation. Not all Democrats have supported the ban.
“I would prefer that we incentivize electric buildings, either through tax credits or other proposals, rather than forcing it as an issue because there’s a lot of concern and angst in particular in western New York,” said Assembly member Monica Wallace. “We shouldn’t necessarily ban people from pursuing other options if that’s what they want.”
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