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Berkeley Is the First City in America to Ban Gas From New Homes

  • Shift to all-electric buildings new front in climate fight
  • Ban allows for case-by-case “public interest” exemptions
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The fight to kick natural gas out of homes and businesses is intensifying.

In a vote late Tuesday, Berkeley -- the city near San Francisco long known for its progressive politics -- banned the use of the heating fuel in most new buildings. Environmentalists are hailing it as the first city to enact such a prohibition, opening up a new front in the battle against global warming.