New York lawmakers are considering enacting the nation’s first state-wide ban on natural gas connections in new buildings, following in the footsteps of dozens of local governments that have approved similar rules in the last two years. However, while New York and other states debate how to limit natural gas and the greenhouse gas Emissions it produces, a group of 20 primarily Republican states has approved legislation prohibiting cities and counties from prohibiting gas hook-ups.
According to 2019 data from the US Environmental Protection Agency, fossil fuel burning in buildings, primarily for heating, accounts for around 13% of greenhouse gas Emissions in the US. After 2023, Kavanagh’s measure would require all-electric structures unless local permitting authorities conclude they are not practical, which may be based on equipment and labour availability.
His efforts were bolstered late last month when New York City council members voted to impose a similar ban by 2027, albeit on a slower timeframe. New York legislators did not respond to calls for comment on Kavanagh’s bill’s chances in this year’s session. The December vote in New York City was by far the most significant triumph for opponents of natural gas restrictions. They argue that it is a crucial step in reducing future demand for fossil fuels and limiting the increase of climate-changing carbon Emissions.
The bans, according to the gas business and its political backers, will raise construction prices and energy bills while doing little to combat climate change. Gas firms are attempting to produce more renewable natural gas, which is methane recovered from landfills, farms, and other sources, according to Lapato. He believes that laws requiring electrification could inhibit industry attempts to expand that more environmentally beneficial option.