U.S. West coast leads growing movement to ban gas in new buildings

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Planning to build a house in California? You’d better make sure you’re not planning on cooking on a gas stove or heating it with a gas boiler. Cities and counties across the Golden State are leading the way in accelerating the transition from the planet-warming fossil fuel by passing new rules prohibiting property developers from hooking up new buildings to the gas grid: cooking and heating will have to be all-electric from now on. In November, Solana Beach became the 52nd city to commit to phasing out gas in new buildings, joining San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Barbara and dozens of others. The electrification movement has provided a rallying point for climate campaigners across the country. Needless to say, America’s fracking industry is unimpressed.


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