The recent mention of a hypothetical nationwide ban on gas-powered stoves has sparked swift backlash from Republicans and a wave of media coverage. While Congress feuds over this potential ban, the city of San Diego has already committed to phasing out gas-powered appliances in buildings.
Mayor Todd Gloria’s update to the city’s Climate Action Plan, passed in 2022, has set a goal to eliminate almost all natural gas use from buildings in the city by 2035. This includes not only new buildings, but also a plan to retrofit existing apartments, restaurants, and skyscrapers to run solely on electricity.
While the goal of reducing emissions and improving public health is commendable, the implementation of this plan raises concerns for conservatives. The retrofitting of buildings is a costly process, and the burden of these costs will fall primarily on homeowners and businesses. Additionally, the city has yet to pass specific policies directing private homes and businesses on how to achieve such retrofits.
It is important to consider the potential economic impact of this plan, especially on small businesses and low-income families. Furthermore, while the plan aims to reduce emissions, it is crucial to consider the feasibility of this goal, and if the costs outweigh the benefits.
As San Diego moves forward with its plan to phase out gas-powered appliances, it is important for city officials to consider the potential economic impact on residents and businesses, and weigh the costs against the benefits.
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