New York State Governor Kathy Hochul has been called a hypocrite after she is pictured grilling on gas-fired grills, despite stating she wants to ban such equipment in a few years.
State officials have portrayed Hochul’s proposal as a way to combat climate change, but critics believe her words are full of hot air.
If the new law passes, New Yorkers will see only electric cooktops in new developments by 2028, but smaller buildings will no longer be allowed to have gas hookups from 2025.
Despite her good intentions, Hochul does not appear to practice what she preaches and has been depicted using one herself, including at the governor’s mansion in Albany and her home in Buffalo, New York.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s proposal to ban gas stoves in new homes by 2025 has drawn backlash from critics who accuse her of being a hypocrite. She is pictured using a gas grill
Hochul has been pictured on her own social media using fossil fuels on gas stoves at the Executive Mansion in Albany and at her private residence in Buffalo
Hochul suggested the controversial move during her state-of-the-state address earlier this month, as she outlined her plan for “Achieving the New York Dream.”
Current buildings would not be affected and residents would therefore not be forced to replace their hobs.
William Barclay, leader of the minority group, stated: “The governor’s attempt to ban gas stoves appears to be as hypocritical as it is ridiculous.”
“You have to wonder how many times she’s lit her own gas stove since declaring it environmentally unsafe in her State of the State address,” he added.
Hochul has argued that the state should push for electrification mandates for new buildings to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent compared to 1990 levels, as required by a 2019 state law.
Hochul has been depicted using gas appliances, including at the governor’s mansion in Albany and her home in Buffalo, New York
In response to the obvious clash, Hochul’s spokeswoman Hazel Crampton-Hays stated: ‘No one is taking anyone’s gas stoves. The governor’s proposal would not apply to existing gas stoves in homes and businesses,” she said.
“We are focused on continuing the most audacious climate policy in the nation to protect the health and safety of our children and the planet, while reducing energy bills and prioritizing energy affordability and reliability.”
Republican Representative Nick Langworthy also questioned Hochul’s double standards.
Is it any surprise that Queen Kathy cooks on her gas stove when she flies around in private jets? New Yorkers are so sick of bogus climate warrior hypocrites and their “rules for you but not for me.” Our state is in free-fall in crime and economics, and it is waging war against devices.”
Governor Kathy Hochul plans to phase out the use of gas stoves in new developments. Hochul, 64, claimed the stoves contribute to a third of greenhouse gas emissions
“Flying in private jets and driving gas-guzzling SUVs are common sights because they create fear and make our kids afraid of climate change,” said Senator George Borello. The New York Post.
“If eliminating natural gas appliances and heating isn’t a priority for the political elite, why should it be for New York’s middle-class families,” he wondered.
“The governor, and anyone in government who supports a ban on fossil fuel equipment, should lead by example. I’d like to see them remove their gas stoves and heating systems,” Republican Councilman Jarett Gandolfo suggested.
Those in the restaurant industry are uncomfortable with such restrictions and many suggest that gas cooking has clear advantages over gas, both in taste and reliability.
“The recent storms in western New York are a perfect example, as many people affected by widespread power outages have been able to eat hot meals thanks to gas stoves in homes and restaurants,” said Melissa Fleischut, president and CEO of the New York State Restaurant. Association. .
Hochul is expected to unveil its proposed state budget in late January.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre earlier this month urged President Joe Biden not to go after US gas stoves
Meanwhile, as the controversial debate over gas stoves heats up, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Wednesday urged President Joe Biden not to go after Americans’ gas stoves.
“The president does not support a ban on gas stoves and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is independent, does not ban gas stoves,” she said.
Jean-Pierre’s comment was in response to Biden-appointed consumer product safety commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. calling the stoves a “danger” to children following the publication of an investigation conducted by the commission.
The new study on children’s health found that about one in eight childhood asthma cases in the US is due to air pollution from gas stoves.
That brings the emissions from gas cooking to the same risk level for asthma as inhaling second-hand smoke.
Asthma affects about six million American children each year, and nearly 13 percent of them get it from inhaling the myriad toxins a gas stove spews out every day.
Hochul’s proposal aims to implement plans to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 85% compared to 1990 levels, as required by a 2019 state law
About 100 cities and counties have adopted policies requiring or encouraging a shift away from fossil fuel buildings. California will ban the sale of natural gas-fired furnaces and water heaters by 2030.
Natural gas distributors and appliance manufacturers argued that a ban on natural gas stoves would drive up costs for homeowners and restaurants with little environmental benefit.
The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, a trade group representing appliance manufacturers, noted that gas stoves are usually cheaper to run than electric ones, arguing that “increasing the use of ventilation” is a better solution than a ban.
“A ban on gas cooking appliances would remove an affordable and preferred technology used in more than 40 percent of homes nationwide,” AHAM spokeswoman Jill Notini said in a statement to DailyMail.com on Tuesday.
“A ban would not address common concerns about indoor air quality during cooking because all forms of cooking, regardless of the heat source, generate air pollutants, especially at high temperatures,” she said.
Notini added that “focusing on increased use of ventilation is an effective solution to improve indoor air quality during cooking.”
The American Gas Association added that regulatory agencies have not provided documented evidence linking respiratory problems to gas stoves.
“The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and EPA do not present gas ranges in their technical or public information literature, guidelines or requirements as a significant contributor to adverse air quality or health risks,” Karen Harbert, the group’s president, told Bloomberg.
“The most practical, realistic way to achieve a sustainable future where energy is clean as well as safe, reliable and affordable is to ensure that natural gas and the infrastructure that carries it are included.”