Thursday, January 25, 2024

Chicago Becomes Latest City to Push Natural-Gas Ban


A city ordinance introduced in Chicago is considering an outright ban on natural gas for new building projects.

“This is a matter of real survival and the future of our city — and especially our economic future,” the bill’s sponsor, Alderman Maria Hadden, told the Chicago Tribune. “We’re being forced in this direction by nature, but also by policy and by business and industry. People are making these decisions because it’s economical, it’s healthier, it’s safer.”

The measure, known as the Clean and Affordable Buildings Ordinance, was denounced by the American Gas Association. “From providing affordable energy to consumers to driving down emissions, the benefits this fuel has for our nation are tangible and impossible to ignore,” the body’s President told the Tribune in a statement. “Any push to ban natural gas in Chicago would raise costs to consumers, jeopardize environmental progress, and deny affordable energy to underserved populations.”...more

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