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Lawsuit to block New York's ban on gas stoves is filed by gas and construction groups

Lawsuit to block New York's ban on gas stoves is filed by gas and construction groups

Gas and construction trade groups are suing to block New York state’s controversial ban on gas stoves and furnaces in new buildings

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gas and construction trade groups are suing to block New York's controversial state ban on gas stoves and furnaces in new buildings.

The organizations argue the law violates the federal government's rules around how gas appliances are regulated, and filed the case against New York on Thursday in federal court.

Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, approved the ban this spring on the installation of fossil-fuel equipment in new buildings. It's set to take effect in 2026 for structures of seven stories or less and in 2029 for larger buildings. The law would not apply to existing buildings.

Similar policies have been approved by dozens of Democrat-controlled cities and local governments as supporters say they are aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve indoor air quality. The rule quickly became the source of partisan outrage over climate change, with Republican officials and other opponents criticizing it as an infringement on consumer choice.