Chicago lights controversy with push to ban natural gas in new buildings

The Chicago City Council will consider an ordinance that would ban the use of natural gas in most new buildings in the Windy City in an effort to fight climate change.

Ald. Maria Hadden, who is sponsoring the Clean and Affordable Buildings Ordinance, told the Chicago Tribune that the measure will be introduced next week on Jan. 24. The ordinance would set an emission standard that natural gas already does not meet, paving the way for electric heat and appliances that would help slash greenhouse gas emissions.

“This is a matter of real survival and the future of our city — and especially our economic future,” Hadden said. “We’re being forced in this direction by nature, but also by policy and by business and industry. People are making these decisions because it’s economical, it’s
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