Jan 27, 2022

Stoves of Choice: The State Knows Best?


The Alabama Legislature has approved a bill blocking municipalities from banning gas stoves, legislation promoted by the natural gas industry. As the N.Y. Times reported:
"In 2019, Berkeley became the first city to ban gas hookups in most new homes and buildings, citing climate change. Since then, at least 50 California cities, including San Francisco and Sacramento, have adopted similar rules, often over the objections of local gas utilities."

 "This year, Republican-controlled legislatures in 16 additional states have passed measures to forbid cities from banning gas, including Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming. A similar bill in North Carolina was recently vetoed by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, while another such bill is being debated in Pennsylvania."

 No such thing as Home Rule in Alabama.

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