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Berkeley Bans Natural Gas Lines In New Homes




A natural gas pipeline warning sign in California.
A natural gas pipeline warning sign in California.
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A new ordinance passed unanimously by the Berkeley City Council prohibits natural gas in new low-rise residential buildings.

Berkeley is the first U.S. city to make the move, but the California Energy Commission told the San Francisco Chronicle that 50 other cities across the state are considering similar regulations. The aim is to decrease greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas in homes.

The ordinance goes into effect January 1, with the potential for other types of buildings to be considered in the future. It will not affect buildings with existing natural gas lines.

Larry sits down with Berkeley Councilmember Kate Harrison, who wrote and introduced the ordinance. Do you use natural gas to cook or heat your home? What do you think of Berkeley’s environmental move? Call us at 866-893-5722.

Guest:

Kate Harrison, Councilmember for the City of Berkeley; she introduced and authored the ordinance; she tweets @KateHarrisonD4