San Francisco Bay Area Bans Gas Furnaces and Water Heaters

San Francisco Bay Area regulators voted Wednesday to eliminate the sale and installation of natural gas furnaces and water heaters for eight years starting in 2027, ostensibly to reduce air pollution.

The vote was the latest move by left-wing jurisdictions against natural gas – a convenient and relatively clean fuel source.

the San Francisco Chronicle mentioned (original links):

Bay Area regulators voted on Wednesday to adopt rules for Phase out the sale and installation of natural gas furnaces and water heaters Over the next eight years, one of the country’s most ambitious plans is to replace gas appliances with electric alternatives.

The rules, which have been approved by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, aim to reduce air pollution from some of the worst offenders of home appliances. The main pollutants targeted are nitrogen oxides, or NOx, which can cause acid rain and smog as well as increase the risk of asthma and other respiratory diseases.

People will be able to fix their gas appliances if they break – but the rules are in effect when existing gas ovens or water heaters don’t work and need to be replaced. New construction will also require efficient NOx-free electric furnaces and water heaters.

The new policy does not affect gas stoves, but it follows a 2020 decision by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to ban the installation of natural gas lines in new buildings. It also comes just weeks after controversy over a proposal by the Biden administration to consider banning the sale of new gas stoves.

Democrats oppose natural gas, even though adopting it has allowed the United States to produce fewer carbon dioxide emissions while developing its economy, because it is still a fossil fuel and is often extracted through fracking.

Elsewhere in Los Angeles, the Green New Deal proposed by then-mayor Eric Garcetti (confirmed Wednesday as US ambassador to India) seeks to phase out natural gas power plants, despite potential electricity shortages.

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