(HorizonPost.com) – San Francisco just became the latest California city to ban the use of natural gas in new construction with its cut-off point being June 30, 2021. Some, however, are questioning the wisdom of this at this point, for several reasons. Two of the biggest concerns voiced are:
- Nearly 47% of California’s electrical output comes from plants fueled by natural gas. This has made some question if the net effect on greenhouse gases will, in fact, go down.
- Monthly utility bills for all-electric homes tend to be higher than those using gas which leads to concerns that it’ll be more difficult to achieve the dream of homeownership for lower-income families.
Energy prices continue to rise in California because of regressive policies, but the city of San Francisco takes it a step further.
Their rationale for banning natural gas backfires by raising utility costs for low-income and minority families. https://t.co/NrfBjqqqpu
— American Petroleum Institute (@APIenergy) November 11, 2020
SF follows Berkeley to ban natural gas. So instead of making housing cheaper & more affordable, it now shuts off a rather cheap source of energy & force people to use electricity, which is unstable & expensive in California.
— Trinh (@Trinhnomics) November 11, 2020
The measures being taken may eventually work, but the last time there was a huge rush to make energy more efficient was in the 1960s with nuclear power. The costs involved with maintaining those plants and the reason that Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima have become by-words should be enough to make people pause before jumping in feet first.
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