U.S. Cities Start Banning Natural Gas Stoves

They’re Coming For Your Stove! It’s one thing to read about U.S. states committing to 100% renewable energy by 2050;

They're Coming For Your Stove!

It’s one thing to read about U.S. states committing to 100% renewable energy by 2050; it’s another thing to start seeing them ban natural gas stoves and natural gas pipelines to any new construction. 

Praised as a clean energy alternative, natural gas does burn cleaner than other fossil fuels, emitting lower levels of harmful emissions, but it’s not entirely clean. 

“One reason natural gas is called ‘clean’ is because it emits 50 percent less carbon dioxide than coal when you burn it. Thus it’s seen by some as a “bridge” fuel until zero-carbon-producing renewables can take over. But natural gas isn’t clean in the way that solar is clean. It’s clean-er than coal. It’s better than the worst; that’s all.” – New York Times

San Francisco now joins 12 other states and one entire county in California; implementing new zoning codes that ban natural gas. 

The codes, most of them passed since June, are meant to keep builders from running natural gas lines to new homes and apartments, with an eye toward creating fewer legacy gas hookups as the nation shifts to carbon-neutral energy sources.

For proponents, it’s a change that must be made to fight climate change. For natural gas companies, it’s a threat to their existence. And for some cooks who love to prepare food with flame, it’s an unthinkable loss.

Natural gas is a fossil fuel, mostly methane, and produces 33% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas causing climate change. – USA Today

What People Are Saying

But it’s not just California. Other states with renewable energy goals, such as Washington, is following suite by trying to pass similar legislature. Here you can see a video released by a Seattle based news team covering Seattles attempt to ban natural gas for new constructions and what people have to say about it. 

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