For years, policy makers and gas utilities have claimed that oil-to-gas conversions help New York City meet the CO₂e emission reduction goals established by Local Law 66–2014. While that claim may have once been defensible, the City’s GHG inventory now clearly shows that by 2017, emissions from natural gas had already risen to a level 144% greater than the law’s 2050 limit for all emissions from all sources. Our task over the next 30 years is thus to reduce natural gas use, not to expand it. Certainly, we should eliminate the last remaining uses of fossil-based heating fuels (oil, propane…

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