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Washington state hits the brakes on landmark gas ban

David Iaconangelo of E&E News reports that Washington state has delayed implementing its ban on natural gas hookups for new buildings.

The C3 Take
  • The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently overturned the country’s first ban on natural gas hookups in Berkeley, California, which has caused Washington to delay implementing their own natural gas ban.
  • Natural gas bans are costly for consumers and provide minimal public health or environmental benefits.
  • Washington’s lawmakers should allow consumer choice, not government mandate, tp decide what appliances are used in kitchens across the state.

“Earlier this month, the Building Industry Association of Washington also sent letters of warning to three Washington cities — Seattle, Shoreline and Bellingham — that have enacted their own restrictions on gas in new buildings. The letters warned city attorneys that their gas restrictions were ‘no longer enforceable’ due to the 9th Circuit’s decision on the Berkeley law.”

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