NY fired up over potential gas stove ban: It’s ‘not wanted’

NY fired up over potential gas stove ban: It’s ‘not wanted’

FOX Business’ Madison Alworth reports from New York City, where residents are reacting to the governor’s proposed plan to phase out gas stoves.

New Yorkers are fired up and fuming over their governor’s plans to ban gas heating across the state in the coming years.

“In my house, that’s not required,” one American told FOX Business’ Madison Alworth in New York City on Wednesday. “Gas all the way.”

During her State of the State address on Monday, New York’s Democratic governor, Kathy Hochul, proposed eliminating the sale of gas appliances and banning their installation in new building construction starting in 2025.

Hochul acknowledged rising energy costs for homeowners and renters across the state, indirectly mentioning the Russia-Ukraine war in remarks about “geopolitical forces beyond our control but hitting our wallets here at home.”

NEW YORK GOVERNMENT. KATHY HOCHUL ANNOUNCES plans to ban gas heating in new homes, buildings built in recent years

Arguing that New York homes are some of the oldest in the country, leaving them poorly insulated, the governor, elected to her first full term in November after taking over from disgraced predecessor Andrew Cuomo, said buildings are the largest source of greenhouse gases. emissions in the state, which account for a third of our greenhouse gas production.

Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul’s plans to ban gas stoves and appliances are “not required,” New Yorkers said at a Varney & Co. outlet. Wednesday, January 11, 2023. (Fox News)

“I am proposing a plan to end the sale of new fossil-fired heating appliances by 2030 by calling for the construction of – all new construction must be zero-emission – starting in 2025 for small buildings and 2028 for large buildings,” Hochul said. “And we are taking these steps now because climate change remains the greatest threat to our planet, but also to our children and our grandchildren.”

“My preference, I think, would be gas. Just because you can cook better with it,” another bystander told Alworth at a Varney & Co. the appearance. “Go to some nice restaurant, look back in the kitchen, they have gas appliances.”

“I paid extra to switch to gas. So there’s your answer,” said one woman with her group of friends.

Chef and restaurateur Andrew Gruel discusses the government’s claims that gas stoves cause health problems and is considering a ban on ‘Fox Business Tonight.’

“In the end, it comes down to: Can I save money? Yes. If there are incentives, as there were, for EVs to begin with, sure. Absolutely,” reasons one resident. “If not, then I’ll stick with whichever option is cheaper.”

Hochul’s proposal would create the Energy Affordability Guarantee to ensure that participating New Yorkers never pay more than 6% of their income on electricity. She announced $200 million in utility bill relief for up to 800,000 New York households earning under $75,000 a year who are not currently eligible for the state’s utility rebate program.

The announcement also includes $500 million in clean water funding, along with the creation of Community Assistance Teams to help disadvantaged communities access financial assistance, according to the governor’s office.


Mike Taylor of Combined Energy Services says Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposal to phase out gas stoves is ‘absolute nonsense.’

Alworth noted in its report Wednesday that nearly 70% of New Jersey homes rely on gas stoves, with 39% of homes nationwide relying on them.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is also planning to act on gas stove appliances as concerns about indoor air pollutants from the appliances continue to grow, according to reports from Bloomberg. The agency’s commissioner, Richard Trumka Jr. told Bloomberg that gas stoves are a “hidden hazard” for respiratory and other health issues.


FOX Business’ Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.

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