Gas stoves for me, but not for thee? That seems to be the stance New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has taken as the governor looks to outlaw new gas stoves by 2025.
The Democrat quietly unveiled the “New York Housing Compact” during her State of the State speech earlier this month, a plan she hopes to get approved in the state budget due April 1 that “would ban gas stoves, hot water heaters and oil furnaces in both new home and commercial construction by the end of the decade,” according to the New York Post.
Yet, as the newspaper noted, Hochul uses gas ranges “at the Executive Mansion as well as her private home.”
“The governor’s push to ban gas stoves appears to be as hypocritical as it is ridiculous,” Assembly Minority Leader William Barclay (R) said, according to the Post. “One has to wonder how many times she’s fired up her own gas stove since declaring them environmentally unsafe in her State of the State Address.”
U.S. Rep. Nick Langworthy, R-N.Y., also called out “Queen Kathy” for her hypocrisy.
“Is it any surprise that Queen Kathy cooks on her gas stove when she flies around on private planes? New Yorkers are so sick of phony climate-warrior hypocrites and their ‘rules for thee but not for me.’ Our state is in a crime and economic free fall and she’s waging war on appliances,” the congressman said.
If the governor has her way, new smaller buildings will no longer be allowed to have gas hook-ups in two years and larger buildings under construction will be banned by 2028.
“Hochul has argued the state must push electrification mandates for new buildings in order to implement plans to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 85% compared with 1990 levels as required by a 2019 state law championed by Albany Democrats,” the Post reported.
“Flying in private jets and driving gas-guzzling SUVs are common sights as they fear-monger and frighten our children over climate change,” state Sen. George Borrello (R) said. “If eliminating natural gas appliances and heating isn’t a priority for the political elite then why should it be for middle-class families in New York?”
While Hochul spokeswoman Hazel Crampton-Hays didn’t share whether the governor still has gas stoves at either residence, she told the Post that “no one is taking away anyone’s gas stoves.”
“The Governor’s proposal would not apply to existing gas stoves in homes and businesses,” Crampton-Hays said. “We are focused on continuing to advance the boldest climate policies in the nation to protect the health and safety of our children and the planet, all while lowering energy bills and prioritizing energy affordability and reliability.”
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to Hochul’s proposed ban from Twitter:
I have elderly friends in Buffalo who were stranded in their house without power or heat for 5 days in subzero temperatures. The only way they survived was by periodically using their gas stove to get warm.
— Cat Dad (@meezerluvr) January 16, 2023
Now hiring for new FED. branch to be formed,
Federal Bureau of Gas, will be armed and must have big sniffer!
full of https://t.co/G4TVVwFcSB
— Michael Miller (@otter25702) January 17, 2023
What she going to do about gas heat ? By going totally electric you will over load the grid system.
— Old Dawg 56 (@olddawg56) January 16, 2023
— KEVKO (@KevinGill7) January 16, 2023
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