NY To Become First State To Ban Natural Gas In New Buildings

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks to reporters in the Red Room about legislation passed during a special legislative session, Friday, July 1, 2022, at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
  • New York is on track to become the first state in the country to ban natural gas in new buildings, with Democratic leaders in the legislature and governor’s mansion pledging their support for the controversial policy.
  • Legislators in the State Assembly and Senate included different versions of the ban—which would effectively require new buildings to use electric heating and stoves instead of natural gas—in their budget proposals, E&E News reported Thursday.
  • Democratic leaders in both chambers support the policy, as does Governor Kathy Hochul (D.), who touted the statewide ban in January. “We are taking these steps now because climate change remains the greatest threat to our planet, and to our children and grandchildren,” she said.