New York Passes First-in-the-Nation Ban on Fossil Fuels

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As the first state to enact legislation banning the use of natural gas and other fossil fuels in new structures, New York is now reportedly planning to ban gas stoves throughout the state.

Gas hookups are not permitted in the majority of newly constructed houses and other structures, according to the $229 billion state budget authorized by the New York State Legislature.

A component in the budget will gradually implement new electric-only construction standards starting in 2025, assisting the state’s transition away from fossil fuel usage.

In new construction less than seven stories, the law effectively mandates the installation of all-electric heating and cooking by 2026.

Hospitals, essential infrastructure, and businesses that serve food are excluded from the rules. Residents won’t be required to get rid of their current gas stoves or appliances because the law will not apply to existing structures or appliances.

The issue of banning gas stoves has become a hot button issue at the national level, becoming yet another front in the culture war.

Gas provides 46% of the electricity in New York. The CLCPA, one of the most comprehensive climate legislation in the United States, is the state’s attempt to address this, though.

The Biden administration’s overarching goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions nationwide by 50% to 52% from 2005 levels by 2030. New York’s statute is in line with this objective.

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