The legislation would prohibit natural gas hookups in new homes and apartment buildings starting in 2020. Council member Mike O’Brien will take up the proposal Friday afternoon in his sustainability committee session.
According to the legislation, about a quarter of Seattle’s greenhouse gas emissions come from natural gas use and the industry’s use of fracking is a growing concern.
“This is a logical next step toward implementing a Green New Deal for Seattle,” Jess Wallach of climate justice advocacy group 350 Seattle said in a statement on the proposal. “It is a commonsense policy that protects the health of Seattle residents, as well as helps to ensure that we are doing our bit to curtail catastrophic climate change.”
The Seattle Times reports that O’Brien says that exemptions for restaurants might be added to the legislation because “there aren’t great alternatives at the moment for commercial-scale cooking without gas.”
In August, the council approved a Green New Deal resolution for the city setting out an ambitious roster of goals for addressing climate change.
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