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Days After Denials, MA Dems Propose Gas Stove Ban

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean the government won’t get your devices.

“People can rest assured that no one is coming for their gas stoves,” Sierra Club magazine reported just two weeks ago, echoing media coverage of the public’s reaction to reports that a Biden administration official was proposing a ban.

In fact, Consumer Product Safety Commissioner Richard Trumka, Jr. specifically said that gas cooktops are “a hidden hazard,” adding, “Products that cannot be made safe can be banned.” The White House was quick to dismiss the statement , and several media outlets conducted “fact checks” insisting that the Biden administration had no interest in a gas stove ban. The New York Times even wrote, “No one’s coming for your gas stove anytime soon.”

But if you live in Massachusetts, that might depend on your definition of the word “soon.”

“Massachusetts could become the latest front in the culture war over gas stoves, with proposed legislation being considered that would restrict or ban fossil-fuel appliances in new homes,” reports the Eagle-Times. “On Beacon Hill, a group of progressive Democratic lawmakers have tabled proposals that would require the state to develop regulations restricting gas stoves and other appliances in new homes.”

And Boston’s progressive Mayor Michelle Wu isn’t waiting for legislation. “Meeting our climate goals starts with ending our use of fossil fuels, so I’m signing an executive order mandating that all new city construction and major renovations in our schools, community buildings and public housing must be completely fossil fuel-free,” Wu said last week in her State of the City address. “And because ‘green’ and ‘affordable’ go hand in hand, we are partnering with the Boston Housing Authority to phase out fossil fuel use in the city’s public housing developments by 2030.”

Ending the use of fossil fuels means ending the use of gas stoves.

Massachusetts is hardly alone. In 2021, New York City passed a ban on gas-fired appliances in new buildings. The state’s governor is asking lawmakers to do the same. Last year, Los Angeles joined the movement, one of 60 communities in California to join the gas ban movement.

And while the Biden administration has yet to ban gas stoves, the Inflation Reduction Act provides millions of dollars to subsidize the purchase of electric or induction cooktops to replace gas appliances.

In New Hampshire, the state passed legislation in 2021 preventing communities from banning natural gas connections. Housing industry experts say this will likely add to the list of advantages Granite State has over Massachusetts in competing for new residents and businesses. New Hampshire’s population has been growing since 2019 while the Bay State’s is shrinking.

Matt Mayberry of the New Hampshire Homebuilder’s Association is not a fan of the ban gas stove movement.

“Consumers in New Hampshire should be deciding how they want their meals prepared, not some Washington DC bureaucrat – who’s likely to be eating out at restaurants instead of trying to earn a paycheck until payday.”

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