Sullivan lawmakers oppose governor’s ban on gas stoves and other fossil fuel heating equipment

Members of the Sullivan County Legislature

MONTICELLO – The full Sullivan County Legislature went on record Thursday opposed to Governor Kathy Hochul’s planned ban on gas stoves and other fossil fuel heating equipment.

Legislator Nadia Rajsz said that would require much more discussion and alternative sources of energy.

Lawmaker Alan Sorensen believes the shift would do nothing for the environment.

“My thought is if it was a one-to-one, you put in an electric stove and you are going to have a corresponding reduction in gas emissions – one-one, maybe, but the reality is the electric is going to be generated primarily at a coal plant or at a natural gas plant, so I don’t see the corresponding reduction,” he said.

Rajsz said the state and country need to look at climate change as a whole.