REPORT: 60 California Cities Now Considering Natural Gas Bans

REPORT: 60 California Cities Now Considering Natural Gas Bans

July 23, 2019

Last week, we told you how Berkeley, California became the first city in America to “kick natural gas out of homes and businesses.” Under a new law passed by the city, natural gas will be banned from most new homes and businesses, including restaurants that use natural gas for stoves.

Environmentalists lauded the move, which was predictable for a city that has long been a hotbed of far-left extremism. The Sierra Club even called the ban a “roadmap for other counties and cities across the country to follow.”

Well, it unfortunately appears that other California cities are listening.

Inside Climate News, a left-wing eco news source, is reporting that a whopping sixty California cities and towns, including San Jose, are considering similar measures to the natural gas ban in Berkeley.

“Cities and towns across the state are considering measures to encourage developers to use only electric appliances in new buildings, and skip installing natural gas lines for stoves, furnaces and water heaters.”

This makes no sense, from both an environmental perspective and from an everyday perspective.

California’s power grid still relies on conventional fuels – and wind turbines and solar panels require petrochemicals in the manufacturing process. Forcing all-electric is not as “green” as proponents claim.

Moreover, there are advantages to gas cooking, such as reliability when the power goes out. Gas heating is typically “half the price of electric heating” and is more efficient than electric.

That so many cities and towns are considering following Berkeley down the eco-left rabbit hole shows just how extreme government in California has become. It’s time for families struggling under the burden of high taxes and punishing electric bills to stand up and say no more to the eco-left.

Power The Future Executive Director Daniel Turner recently published an op-ed on Berkeley’s natural gas ban, which you can read here.