Cities across the country are pushing for electric-only buildings, some by banning natural gas, as part of an ongoing effort to curb emissions and stall climate change. But another national push is underway in state legislatures to prevent this type of ban from happening elsewhere — including in Indiana.
House Bill 1191 would limit Hoosier city and town governments from banning any specific type of fuel source for appliances and heating homes. The language is neutral, but it’s been made clear in hearings that the issue is about protecting natural gas.
The bill — which has passed out of the House and is now awaiting a hearing in the Senate — is more of a preventive measure. After all, it doesn’t appear any Indiana cities are looking to ban natural gas any time soon.