New York City Council Votes to Ban Natural Gas

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The New York City Council has voted to ban natural gas in new buildings.

According to The Washington Free Beacon:

The Democratic-backed measure, which passed 40 to 7, will force most newly constructed buildings to use electricity instead. The law will phase in restrictions beginning in 2023.

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The measure comes as the country confronts a historic surge in energy prices. The Biden administration’s Energy Department said in October that it expects heating costs to jump as much as 54 percent this winter. The cost of energy commodities has spiked 57 percent over the last 12 months, according to a recent Labor Department report, pushing the country’s inflation to multi-decade highs.

The natural gas prohibition is expected to raise energy costs for New Yorkers. The average cost to heat a home with natural gas last winter was $573, according to the Energy Department. Electricity, meanwhile, costs an average of $1,268.

Democratic lawmakers who spearheaded the legislation said it will reduce carbon emissions in the city. Much of electricity in New York, however, is generated in plants that burn fossil fuels.

New York state has a law that requires all power be generated by nuclear power or renewable energy by 2040.

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A-Jay
1 month ago

I thought natural gas was cheaper than electric as an energy source. If it’s not I guess the progressives will just let the tax payer pick up any increase in usage expense should costs escalate. Most of these political-cushion warmers never owned a business where a budget had to be balanced and have little fiscal aptitude when it come to tightening the purse string as the well is flooded by a rash of collected taxes.

Bruce BARRETT
Bruce BARRETT
1 month ago
Reply to  A-Jay

currently all the sky scrapers are half full or less. goldman sach’s has authored an article that as things are now and should they continue nyc will fall to become a ghetto as the crime and lack of police now…..tells the future. wall street, meaning nyse and nasdaq are considering moving to miami.

David Lagesse
1 month ago

Leftists want to kill off the traditional sources of energy, but will there be anything IN PLACE to replace the energy of the oil, coal, and gas and in SUFFICIENT QUANTITIES?
Leftists are willing to shut down entire segments of an industry, without having anything in place and established to replace them. They will create Government-mandated Regulations without a known ability for science and industry to be able to fulfill them using efficiency standards that are technologically feasible and economically justified. “We POLITICIANS and REGULATORS will tell you exactly what you must do, and you must do it… after all, we’re Politicians and Regulators, while you are just Scientists and Engineers! — Our Wish is Your Command!”
 
“…80% of our energy today comes from fossil fuels, and well more than half of it comes from oil and natural gas. … Let’s have a grown-up discussion on energy policy. The U.S. is going to continue to use oil and gas for decades to come. Today, only 10.7% of our energy comes from wind and solar power. Approximately 2% of the cars on the road are electric vehicles. Even if that were to rise by tenfold over the next decade, we will still have 80% of cars using good old gasoline. If we don’t produce the oil and gas here, we are going to fill our tanks with oil and gas from the Middle East or Russia.” —Stephen Moore

Bruce BARRETT
Bruce BARRETT
1 month ago
Reply to  David Lagesse

they dont care. they only think of the ”now”.

Jawad
Jawad
30 days ago
Reply to  David Lagesse

Don’t forget the cheap and omnipresent unicorn farts!

lisa
lisa
1 month ago

what a bunch of morons, just can’t wrap my head around their thinking

Tracker1
Tracker1
1 month ago
Reply to  lisa

Not if the INTENT is to reduce the population. People will freeze to death and the leftists won’t accept the blame for it.

gbeck
gbeck
1 month ago

They are absolute morons. Same with the electric cars- where in the hell do they think the electricity is coming from??????

Joey Baloney
Joey Baloney
1 month ago
Reply to  gbeck

the wall plug, of course!

Bruce BARRETT
Bruce BARRETT
1 month ago
Reply to  gbeck

coal fired plants

Rick
Rick
1 month ago

If New Yorkers agree with this stupidity, let them suffer the consequences.

markypolo
1 month ago
Reply to  Rick

They will just blame Donald Trump, like all good idiots do!

Dan
Dan
1 month ago

Good news for new yorkians is city hall is providing free butt plugs for those with extreme methane conditions

markypolo
1 month ago

LOL. Democrats have gotten the Government they DESERVE! Fa-kin morons.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

If people in new york go for this stupidity they deserve everything they get.Natural gas is the cleanest cheapest fuel out there,and we have plenty of it,but these fkg idiots, want to ban it,is pure insanity, but so is gotham city and all it’s leaders.

Lee Jackson
Lee Jackson
1 month ago

Cooking with gas is much superior to cooking with electricity from my experience. You can regulate the heat better. In the part of L.A. where I live most of the public vehicles (trash trucks, street sweepers, buses, etc run on natural gas and this has helped clean the air a great deal.

Bruce BARRETT
Bruce BARRETT
1 month ago
Reply to  Lee Jackson

nyc wont need any new bldgs as everyone including big company’s are moving out.

Tracker1
Tracker1
1 month ago

With skyrocketing electricity prices and no heat, expect the number of covid cases in NYC to skyrocket as well

Joan
Joan
1 month ago

Democrat = moron

William Petite
William Petite
1 month ago

Keep putting these people in power, you get what you deserve. They can’t even boil an egg, never mind running a city, state, or anywhere in the Federal Govt. If the people in this country haven’t learned that by now, they never will. 3yrs left for Biden, might not be anything left, of once was the Greatest Country in the World.

Ruckweiler
Ruckweiler
1 month ago

Nuclear by 2040? These are the same people who HATE nuclear energy. The citizens of the City keep electing these losers so they’ll just have to accept this lunacy. They asked for it.

pizzaman7
pizzaman7
27 days ago

There’s lots of power plants running on natural gas ! mother earth generates 800 billion tons of CO2 every year…how can a naturally occurring element be a pollutant ? CO2 is only .04% of our atmosphere. It is a scant trace. plants consume CO2 during the photo-synthesis process and release oxygen. Our ecosystem would collapse without CO2 ! Liberals are such idiots !

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