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Gas Lobby Group Goes on Attack to Halt Move to Ban New Hook-Ups

  • Berkeley, other cities require new buildings to go electric
  • American Gas Association says banning gas won’t cut emissions

Photographer: Damien Meyer/AFP via Getty Images


With moves to ban new natural gas hook-ups growing in popularity as a means of tackling climate change, the industry is fighting back.

The American Gas Association, which represents distributors, is seeking to forge new alliances to counter a trend started by Berkeley -- which became the first U.S. city to require new buildings to be all electric from January -- that has spread elsewhere in California and is on the verge of going national.