The ban on gas stoves in New York State is a recipe for disaster

A Hudson Valley leader believes New York State residents and businesses “cannot afford” a ban on gas stoves.

On Tuesday, New York State Senator Rob Rolison (39th District) announced that he had helped start an online petition to protect gas stove cooking and heating in the Hudson Valley and across New York state.

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During Gov. Hochul’s state-of-the-state address, she discussed a proposal to phase out fossil-fuel heaters, such as gas stoves, in all existing residential buildings by 2030 and for commercial buildings by 2035.

“This is a recipe for disaster,” Rolison’s petition reads. “It’s not a partisan issue. It’s common sense. With power outages becoming more frequent, middle-class families can no longer afford to be without gas.”

Rolison is calling on Gov. Hochul and New York’s Climate Action Council to reverse the proposed statewide ban on fossil fuel heaters.

“We all agree that protecting the environment should be a bipartisan issue. After all, the American conservation movement was started by a native New Yorker, Teddy Roosevelt. But preventing middle-class homeowners and small business owners, such as restaurant owners, from cooking efficiently and heating their homes cost-effectively is a recipe for disaster,” Rolison said.

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The proposal adds a ban on fossil fuel heaters, which will begin in 2025 in new residential construction.

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According to Rolison’s office:

If the gas ban were approved, current homeowners would have to replace their propane, gas or oil stoves with costly all-electric heat pumps by 2030. The independent think tank Empire Center states, according to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), “Electricity production in New York produced 64.8 million tons of CO2-equivalent greenhouse gases in 1990, but only 31.5 million tons per year 2016, due to a shift from oil and coal to natural gas.” The think tank predicts a net cost of up to $300 billion for New Yorkers if the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, the law that created the council, is fully implemented will.

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Rolison, the former mayor of Poughkeepsie, was elected to the New York State Senate last November. The 39th Senate District includes portions of Dutchess, Putnam, and Orange counties.

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“I will continue to oppose this ban until the Climate Council more carefully considers the adverse impact of its unity policy on families and businesses in the Hudson Valley. I encourage all affected residents to visit my Senate website and make their voices heard,” added Rolison.

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Rolison believes a ban on gas stoves will force many restaurants across the state to close.

“Thousands of New York small businesses, particularly restaurants that rely on natural gas, risk going out of business if this ban is enforced by the state government,” Rolison’s petition adds.

CLICK HERE to sign the petition.

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