Banning Gas Appliances to Save the Planet
Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.
Officials in the liberal enclave of Takoma Park, Maryland just outside of Washington, D.C. have proposed to take their crusade against fossil fuels to the next level, proposing to ban “all gas appliances, close fossil fuel pipelines, and move gas stations outside city limits by 2045.”
The estimated cost of implementing the policy for each resident in the town 17,000 is about $25,000. That’s rich, even for an inside the DC Beltway suburb.
But it would not be the first time a comparatively wealthy, and undoubtedly liberal, area has decided to ditch hydrocarbons. Berkeley, California lead the way last year, banning “the installation of natural gas lines in new homes.” Now, more than a score of cities and counties nationwide have followed.
Local governments are free to adopt such policies, just as voters are free to hold them accountable for any problems arising from those policies.
Or if that’s not enough, they can always vote with their feet, and seek out communities where the local government has more important things to do than micromanage resident’s lives.
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