California’s Next Climate Regulation Target: Your Stove

‘We’re talking about a long-range transition here toward carbon neutrality…’

California Takes Nanny-State Climate Change Regulations Into Home Kitchens

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(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) California makes no bones about being one of the most liberal states in the country, and if you can’t stand the progressive heat, it’s time to get out of the kitchen—literally.

The state’s progressive leadership is now taking its climate-change-driven war on fossil fuels inside millions of residences, restaurants and other businesses.

The target? Gas stoves.

Natural gas emits carbon dioxide when it burns, and carbon dioxide is considered a greenhouse gas, which contributes to global warming.

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Human beings also exhale carbon dioxide.

Accordingly, state lawmakers are considering banning gas stoves in favor of electric stoves, known as “induction cooktops.”

It’s all part of California’s self-imposed march toward 100-percent clean energy by 2045.

Advocates hope that by then, solar and wind will generate enough electricity to power the homes and businesses of the nation’s most populous state—which today is nearly 40 million people.

State lawmakers have already passed two bills calling on regulators to reduce “climate pollution” from buildings.

One of them, AB 3232, will drive up energy bills and make housing more expensive, according to critics.

But there may be too much momentum behind the “electrify everything” movement to make a difference, especially as subsidies continue to benefit favored industries.

“We’re talking about a long-range transition here toward carbon neutrality,” Panama Bartholomy, director of the Building Decarbonization Coalition, told the Los Angeles Times last week.

Not surprisingly, the group’s members include some of the largest electric utility companies in the country, as well as numerous environmental activist groups.

But while regulators are planning to invade kitchens, their real goal may well-be to mandate they type of homes people can have.

Two-thirds of gas consumption in California residential buildings is for space and water heating, according to state data.

An additional 18 percent is for washing clothes and dishes, and just 7 percent of residential gas is used for cooking.