NYC bans Nat Gas appliances in new buildings

New York City yesterday became the largest municipality in the country to ban natural gas appliances in new buildings, overcoming opposition from fossil fuel industry interests.

The New York City Council voted 40 to 7, with one abstention, to pass landmark climate change legislation that requires new buildings under seven stories to use electric appliances such as heat pumps and induction cooktops by December 2023. Taller new buildings will have until 2027 to ditch gas appliances such as furnaces and stoves.

The Big Apple joins 56 cities and towns across the United States that have stopped new homes and offices from using natural gas, a fossil fuel that releases heat-trapping greenhouse gases as well as air pollutants that can trigger asthma and other health conditions, disproportionately affecting communities of color.…