New York Becomes First State To Ban Gas Stoves, Fossil Fuels In New Buildings

In the radical left’s latest effort to fight climate change, New York has become the first state to ban gas stoves and other fossil fuel-powered appliances in new buildings.

While the measure was voted into law on Tuesday via the state budget, it will not take effect until 2026.

Speaking with reporters on Tuesday ahead of the vote, Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul insisted that they include in their reporting that gas stoves already in use will be grandfathered in and not effected by the ban.

“I want to be very clear. I know people love to misinterpret this, but people with existing gas stoves, you’re welcome to keep them,” she said.

“This is where our nation has to go eventually,” Hochul added. “But I want to make sure that it’s not a bumpy road to the transition.”

According to the measure, the first buildings effected by the ban will be those below seven stories, while the rest of buildings in the state won’t be affected until 2029. Some exemptions are mentioned in the ban, including backup generators, laboratories, car washes, and commercial food establishments.

The American Gas Association previously condemned a report that claimed natural gas stoves emitted toxic gasses that are harmful to people.

“Attempts to generate consumer fears with baseless allegations to justify the banning of natural gas is a misguided agenda that will not improve the environment or the health of consumers and would saddle vulnerable populations with significant costs,” the AGA said in the statement in January.

Over the past several months, comments made by the left about gas stoves have prompted outcry among the public over a potential federal ban — though Consumer Product Safety Commission Chair Alexander Hoehn-Saric spoke out in January claiming that no such ban was being considered.

“Research indicates that emissions from gas stoves can be hazardous, and the CPSC is looking for ways to reduce related indoor air quality hazards,” Hoehn-Saric said, adding: “But to be clear, I am not looking to ban gas stoves and the CPSC has no proceeding to do so.”

A similar ban instituted in Berkeley, California was recently overturned by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals — citing the federal Energy Policy and Conservation Act in their ruling and arguing that it pre-empted state and local authorities from regulating natural gas.