San Francisco Bans Gas Appliances

The Bay Area Air Quality District Board, a panel of appointees tasked with curbing pollutants for nine California counties, voted Wednesday to block the installation of gas-powered appliances beginning in 2027. The board acknowledged that homeowners will have to spend thousands of dollars to install electric appliances and that the pivot away from natural gas will increase energy costs.

The ban comes as Democrats nationwide set their sights on natural gas. The Biden administration has proposed a rule change that would effectively ban the sale of half of all gas stoves in the United States, a move Democrats had claimed was not on the table.

The Bay Area ban does not apply to gas stoves, though that offers little relief to residents. The ban will raise the cost of living in the overpriced Bay Area, whose residents are already more likely to move than anyone else in the nation. Locals raised objections to the proposal through public comment letters, with one Palo Alto resident noting that replacing his gas furnace could cost up to $45,000.

Richard Trumka Jr the commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said that Biden Administration may ban gas stoves because it’s a hidden hazard.

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