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Natural Gas Hookup Ban Restricts Consumer Choice

Sarah Montalbano writes in RealClearEnergy that natural gas hookup bans restrict consumer choice.

The C3 Take
  • Starting in 2026 natural gas hookups will be banned in all new construction in New York.
  • Meanwhile, the Department of Energy has proposed a rule that would effectively ban 50% of the gas stoves that are currently on the market.
  • These rules and regulations are costly for consumers and do little to reduce emissions or protect public health.
  • Instead of imposing draconian rules in the name of climate, regulators and policymakers must open up the market to drive innovation, which will keep costs affordable for consumers and lead to meaningful emissions reductions.

“The problem is, natural gas bans are unlikely to work that way, and in the meantime, they restrict consumer choices and jeopardize the innovation that has led the U.S. to cleaner, safer technologies. Prioritizing climate change considerations over all else will serve only to stop consumers from using the type of energy that works best for their situations.”

Read the full article here.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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