Boston suburb votes to ban use of oil and gas appliances

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — A Boston suburb is banning the installation of oil and gas pipes in new and renovated buildings as a way to combat climate change.

The Boston Globe reports that residents of Brookline voted nearly unanimously to adopt the new bylaw at their Town Meeting on Wednesday.

The provision, the first of its kind in the state, requires use of electric appliances for heat, hot water and other uses.

Werner Lohe, one of the measure’s sponsors, says fossil fuel-powered buildings are responsible for two-thirds of all emissions in Brookline.

But gas and oil industry groups have promised to challenge the measure in court, calling it “outrageously unfair.”

The Globe reports the provision still requires approval from the state attorney general’s office and that California communities have adopted similar requirements.