A federal agency says a ban on gas stoves is on the table amid rising concern about harmful indoor air pollutants emitted by the appliances that are supposedly linked to childhood asthma and climate change.
Richard Trumka Jr., a US Consumer Product Safety commissioner states in an interview with Bloomberg that gas stoves pose a “hidden hazard” and suggested the agency could ban them. “Everything’s on the table” when it comes to gas stoves, but stressed that any ban would apply only to new gas stoves, not existing ones.
A December 2022 study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health claims that indoor gas stove usage is associated with an increased risk of current asthma among children. The study uses a series of equations and statistics to describe their discoveries, which would seem to be hardly accurate considering so many of the other harmful chemicals outside of our homes, in a large portion of food that Americans consume, and in most of the well known household cleaning items used here in the U.S.
Some of these extremely common items include traffic, wood burning stoves/fireplaces, gas heaters, ozone/smog, vehicle exhaust, the burning of coal, oil, diesel fuel, and natural gas, especially from electric power plants. Weather, weather changes, humidity, vapors from cleaning products, paint, paint thinner, chlorine bleach, furniture polish, starch, cleaners, room deodorizers, (plug-ins), spray deodorants, perfumes, hair sprays, talcum powder, scented cosmetics, insect sprays, incense and scented candles, laundry detergent, fabric softener, dust from chalk, wood, flour, latex gloves, sulfites(found in processed foods), food preservatives, food dyes, aspirin, and even foods such as nuts, chocolate, eggs, orange juice, fish, milk, and even peanut butter.
Of course, let’s not forget the most obvious causes either: pollen from trees, grasses, hay, ragweed, mold, animals such as cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, birds, rats, mice, etc., dust mites, insects such as cockroaches, and tobacco smoke.
If they are concerned with the health and safety of natural gas stoves, they should also be concerned with the items listed above, which the FDA and US Consumer Product Safety commissioners have much control over.
Lawmakers in Washington recently argued that low-income households are more likely to be affected by these adverse reactions, because they are either more likely to live near a waste incinerator or coal ash site or are in a home with poor ventilation. It will force the owners of gas stove homes to then convert to an electric unit if their previous gas stove perishes.
“A ban on gas cooking appliances would remove an affordable and preferred technology used in more than 40% of home across the country,” Jill Notini, industry spokesperson, said in a statement. ” A ban of gas cooking would fail to address the overall concern of indoor air quality while cooking, because all forms of cooking, regardless of heat source, generate air pollutants, especially at high temperatures.”
The American Gas Association pushed back against a natural gas ban in December, saying it makes housing more expensive as electric homes require expensive retrofits.
Some cities across the US banned natural gas hookups in all new building construction to reduce greenhouse emissions – Berkeley in 2019, San Francisco in 2020, New York City in 2021. But as of last February, 20 states with GOP-controlled legislatures have passed “preemption laws” that prohibit cities from banning natural gas.
Methane, the main component of natural gas, is claimed to be a potent planet-warmer. It should be known that methane is also produced and released into the atmosphere by natural processes such as the decay of plant material in wetlands, the seepage of gas from underground deposits, the digestion of food by farm animals, rice farming and waste management.
The study comes as a growing number of US cities, including certain places in California, New York and Massachusetts, are shifting away from including natural gas hookups in new homes. Green energy advocates argue that switching from gas to electric appliances will ease the transition to renewable energy. Electric appliances, according to this study, avoid the harmful byproducts of burning natural gas.
Although electricity claims to be a clean and relatively safe form of energy when it is used, the generation and transmission of electricity affects the environment and our health.
Most large electrical grids require huge amounts of land clearing to build, and continue to build on. Some electrical grids may also require access to roads, railroads, and pipelines for fuel delivery, electricity transmission lines, and cooling water supplies. The constant need to upgrade the systems of these electrical grids create a lot of waste that is not recycled or reused, and instead just thrown into a landfill.
Our health can be negatively effected by adding more exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs), which have been linked to an increased risk of cancer and other health issues.
There are many benefits to cooking with natural gas that I won’t fail to mention. These include:
The precision and temperature control of real fire. Cooking with natural gas is preferred by chefs across the country. When you are cooking with natural gas, you can turn down the flame and keep your food on the stove without the worry of overcooking.
Natural Gas is dependable in a power outage.
In the event of a power outage, there is no need to order pizza for the family. With a natural gas stove, you will be able to enjoy the same comfort, convenience and precise temperature control that you enjoy while the power is on.
Natural gas stoves are easy to clean.
With an electric stove, you must lift the unsightly burners to clean under them, or scrub the baked-on food spills from your flat cooktop while trying not to scratch the surface. Natural gas stoves are much easier to clean.
Homebuyers prefer a natural gas kitchen.
Smart home builders know that a great kitchen can sell a house. Installing a natural gas stove will open your home to potential homebuyers who are looking for the precise control of natural gas in their kitchen.
Natural gas ovens are typically less expensive than electric ones as an upfront purchase, and using a natural gas stove is less expensive than using a similar electric model. Natural gas prices are consistently two to three times lower than electric prices, and lower now than they have been since 2020, and are continuing to trend downward.
Among the many concerns presented in this article, a final one i will leave you with…
In the case of a long term power outage in your home, your “planet saving” electrical stove will not operate. This concern goes for heating your home as well, because you can be sure, if they fully ban natural gas stoves, they will go after our other natural gas ran appliances as well. This will leave everyone in a very vulnerable position, without many options unless you have a generator to power your home under such circumstances, and even then, your generator is typically ran on gas.
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