THE new York The state Legislature on Tuesday passed a bill that will require new buildings to be all-electric to limit the use of fossil fuels — which means more gas stoves.
The bill is part of a larger state initiative to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and invest in more renewable energy projects, phasing out New York’s peaking power plants (lean power plants and resembling fireplaces that operate when demand is high) if standards are maintained by 2030.
“We need to take action to provide our children and grandchildren with a cleaner, safer environment,” said Deborah Glick, New York Assemblywoman and Chair of the Environmental Conservation Committee, in a statement. statement. “This budget, with its focus on climate and the environment, will help ensure we are on track to meet our climate goals while investing in a greener New York.”
However, legislation prohibiting the use of natural gas does not apply to all new buildings. Exceptions are made for certain commercial and industrial spaces such as hospitals, food establishments and laundromats. Existing buildings are also exempt and will not be required to make any modifications. The measure will come into force in 2026 for buildings of seven stories or less and in 2029 for taller buildings.
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While the New York initiative largely points to environmental concerns as the contributing factor, many supporters of a gas stove ban have pointed to the health risks associated with gasoline-powered appliances.
In January, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission spoke about the risks associated with gas stoves in an interview with Bloombergstating that gas stoves emit pollutants into the air that have been linked to respiratory illnesses and cardiovascular problems.
It’s unclear whether other states will follow New York’s lead.
“I think it’s huge for a state to do this, not just because New York is a high-impact state,” said Sarah Fox, associate professor of law at Northern Illinois University School of Law. CNN. “It comes out of this narrative of these fringe cities adopting these policies. It becomes mainstream policy that a state like New York adopts.”
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