For John, BLUF: In my mind the expression Cooking with Gas emerges from my childhood, when it signified that one was now on the right path to success. Apparently no longer. That said, this might make the people of North Andover happy. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From USA Today, by Ma Elizabeth Weise, 10 November 2019.
Here is the lede plus six:
Fix global warming or cook dinner on a gas stove?We have not gotten to the stage where households are being forced to convert away from gas for cooking, but it does mean developers are being incentivized to switch to electric.
That’s the choice for people in 13 cities and one county in California that have enacted new zoning codes encouraging or requiring all-electric new construction.
The codes, most of them passed since June, are meant to keep builders from running natural gas lines to new homes and apartments, with an eye toward creating fewer legacy gas hookups as the nation shifts to carbon-neutral energy sources.
For proponents, it's a change that must be made to fight climate change. For natural gas companies, it's a threat to their existence. And for some cooks who love to prepare food with flame, it's an unthinkable loss.
Natural gas is a fossil fuel, mostly methane, and produces 33% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas causing climate change.
“There’s no pathway to stabilizing the climate without phasing gas out of our homes and buildings. This is a must-do for the climate and a livable planet,” said Rachel Golden of the Sierra Club’s building electrification campaign.
These new building codes come as local governments work to speed the transition from natural gas and other fossil fuels and toward the use of electricity from renewables, said Robert Jackson, a professor of energy and the environment at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
I wish the article had talked to the question of alternative electricity generation being brought on line to meet the deficit as gas goes away. Is anyone doing any forward planning?
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff