Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul announced a proposal to ban natural gas in new construction in New York, making it the first state to do so.
The ban is part of the $229 billion state budget deal announced by the governor after weeks of negotiations.
Katy Zielinski, a spokeswoman for the governor’s office, said, “The new law will not have any loopholes that will undermine the intent of this measure. There will not be any option for municipalities to opt-out.”
Natural gas is widely used in the United States, with 61% of American households using it for space heating, water heating or cooking in 2020.
New Yorkers’ responses to the proposed ban don’t bode well for the State:
Discouraging new construction in New York State will reduce the local tax base, increase consumer energy costs, and on a positive note, aid in the continuing reduction of New York’s population and political influence on the national stage.
“This is far from the only or biggest reason I will move out of NY, but it’s on the long, long list.”
“The Albany politicians are supposed to represent the people of NYS. It certainly seems that. Everything they do is against the interests of the people.”
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