(Patriot.Buzz) – In a new push to force the liberal agenda upon every American citizen, a proposed city ordinance is sparking heated debate in Chicago over the future of energy usage in new construction projects.
Spearheaded by Alderman Maria Hadden, the Clean and Affordable Buildings Ordinance seeks to prohibit the use of natural gas in newly constructed buildings. Hadden describes this initiative as a critical step towards ensuring the city’s sustainability and economic viability, claiming that natural, policy-driven, and industry-based pressures steer America in this direction.
However, this proposed ban has provoked strong reactions from industry stakeholders. The American Gas Association firmly opposes the ordinance, highlighting the affordability, environmental benefits, and vital nature of natural gas in American energy consumption.
The organization’s president is especially concerned that such a ban would escalate costs for consumers and undermine environmental progress and accessibility to affordable energy for marginalized communities.
Peoples Gas, a prominent utility provider in Chicago, echoed these sentiments, stating that the ordinance is detrimental to the city. They argue that transitioning to electric heating could double the energy expenses for Chicago residents, particularly during the city’s harsh winters.
The debate over natural gas usage extends beyond Chicago. At the national level, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found itself at the center of controversy regarding gas stoves. Despite initial suggestions from a CPSC commissioner that gas stoves could be banned, the CPSC’s Chairman clarified that there are no intentions to do so.
The discussion further escalated when Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representative Don Beyer (D-VA) pressed the CPSC to dig into the alleged health impacts of gas stoves, especially on minority and low-income households.
Gas stoves were also at the center of controversy due to a study suggesting a correlation between their usage and childhood asthma, similar to the risks associated with secondhand smoke.
Opponents, including the American Gas Association and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), challenged the methodology and conclusions of such studies, defending the role of gas stoves in American homes and criticizing the federal government for overreaching.
The events in Chicago happen at a time when New York Governor Kathy Hochul is also demanding a phase-out of gas heating and appliances in new constructions by 2030, underscoring a leftwing trend impacting American households.