Restrictions on new natural gas hookups are a costly and unnecessary imposition on American energy consumers and the bans are contributing to problems of energy reliability and affordability in states where they are prominent, according to a recent report by the Institute for Energy Research (IER).

On May 17, the Biden administration announced a building decarbonization policy to accelerate electrification of the nation’s residential and commercial buildings. The next day, the International Energy Agency urged policymakers to ban fossil fuel furnace sales by 2025 and adopt building codes that would eliminate the use of natural gas use in buildings.

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