I’m so thankful I moved out of that state.
As a progressive-minded city, Bellingham, Washington, has long been looking to scale back its contribution to climate change. writes Mike Baker in the New York Times.
In recent years, city leaders have converted the streetlights to low-power LEDs, provided bikes for city employees and made plans to halt the burning of sewage solids.
Now, Bellingham is looking to do something that no other city has yet attempted: adopt a ban on all residential heating by natural gas, not only in new construction but also in existing homes and businesses.
Bellingham’s task force found that the average cost of installing an electric heat pump system was about $6,200 to $13,100 more than a gas furnace.
I simply do not understand why so many people seem to be willing to commit suicide.
Berkeley, Seattle and Beyond
Last year, Berkeley, California, became the first city in the country to ban natural gas in newly constructed low-rise residential buildings. Dozens of other cities passed or proposed similar bans, including Seattle.