San Francisco bans natural gas in new buildings to ‘save’ environment

Now you’re not cooking with gas.

Beginning in June, buildings constructed in San Francisco will be barred from having natural gas heating, gas appliances or gas fireplaces.

The city Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to prohibit the fuel in buildings that apply for a building permit after June 30, 2021. The ordinance would affect the planned development of more than 54,000 homes and 32 million square feet of commercial space, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The action was taken as “an incremental but important move to help save our planet,” said District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, sponsor of the legislation.

“Natural gas is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in San Francisco and poses major health and safety risks,” Mandelman said in a Twitter post. “All-electric construction in new buildings is a critical step toward a safer, healthier San Francisco and planet for future generations.”

The gas is responsible for about 44% of San Francisco’s overall emissions of greenhouse gases, based on 2017 data. [ … ]

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