New York is the first state in the country to ban the use of gas stoves, and other fossil-fuel appliances in all new buildings to combat climate change.
The new restrictions are set to take effect in 2026. They were voted into law in the state budget on Tuesday.
Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul told reporters Tuesday, ahead of the vote, that stoves already installed would not be banned.
I want to be clear. Hochul stated, “I know that people are quick to misinterpret things, but existing gas stoves can be kept.”
She added, “This is the direction our nation must go.” “But I’m concerned that the road to transition is not bumpy.”
In 2029, the ban will be extended to all buildings. The ban also excludes backup generators, car washes, commercial food establishments, and laboratories that use fossil fuels.
The American Gas Association has reacted to a report that claimed that natural gas stoves emit toxic gases which are harmful to people.
The AGA stated that “intending to incite fear among consumers with baseless claims to justify the ban of natural gas” is a misguided approach. It will not benefit the environment nor the health of the consumer and it would burden vulnerable populations with substantial costs.
Alexander Hoehn Saric, Chair of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, responded to public outcry over suggestions that gas stoves could be banned in federal law by stating that such a ban is not being considered.
Hoehn Saric, a CPSC official in January, said: “Research shows that gas stoves emit harmful emissions. The CPSC seeks ways to reduce the related hazards for indoor air quality.”
He added: “I am not trying to ban gas stoves, and neither is the CPSC.”
Here is a local report on the decision: