As the radical climate warriors of the liberal left continue their assault on the industries that made this nation as industrious as we are, a surprising new enemy was declared: Gas stoves.
That’s right: High grade stoves, both for the home and the restaurant, were now going to be targeted by the eco-warriors and the politicians that have been compromised by them.
The idea is a ludicrous one, particularly when you begin delving into the world of fine dining, where a flame is absolutely necessary and appropriate.
While the Biden administration has backed off a bit in their war on stoves after a public outcry, the Empire State is still barrelling full-steam toward a gas oven ban.
New York is on the cusp of becoming the first state in the nation to pass a law banning natural gas in most new buildings, according to a handshake agreement that Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) announced she and state lawmakers had reached late Thursday.
The law would effectively require that most new buildings go all-electric, jettisoning fossil-fuel-burning appliances in favor of heat pumps and induction stoves for heating and cooking. It is part of a national movement, led by climate advocates, to cut greenhouse gas emissions from homes and businesses by ridding buildings of natural gas, heating oil and propane.
This was not without controversy.
The deal follows weeks of negotiations over a slew of nonfiscal measures included in the New York state budget, which was delayed over disagreements between the governor and the Democrat-led legislature over bail and housing policy. Though its exact terms have not been made public, environmental advocates said the gas ban would take effect in 2026 for most new buildings under seven stories and in 2029 for taller buildings — the timeline the governor had sought.
But will this law actually be enforceable? The jury is still out.
The New York law is likely to face its own legal challenges. Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit struck down the city of Berkeley’s first-in-the-nation gas ban, dealing a potential setback to that California city and 25 others with similar ordinances.
Republicans in New York’s state Senate cited that decision as part of their argument that Democrats should abandon their efforts. But the court’s ruling does not cover New York and its national impact is unclear, given its narrow scope and the likelihood of an appeal to the full panel of judges.
The law would allow for those with gas in their homes to remain connected, but for how long no one knows.
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