If this goes through, it’s gonna be hard to cook using electric stoves during blackouts. But that might be the point.
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.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission plans to take action to address the pollution, which can cause health and respiratory problems.
Natural gas stoves, which are used in about 40% of homes in the US, emit air pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and fine particulate matter at levels the EPA and World Health Organization have said are unsafe and linked to respiratory illness, cardiovascular problems, cancer, and other health conditions, according to reports by groups such as the Institute for Policy Integrity and the American Chemical Society. Consumer Reports, in October, urged consumers planning to buy a new range to consider going electric after tests conducted by the group found high levels of nitrogen oxide gases from gas stoves.
New peer-reviewed research published last month in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that more than 12% of current childhood asthma cases in the US can be attributed to gas stove use.
The only problem is, the research for the peer reviewed study the CPSC cites may be tainted. An individual named Talor Gruenwald is listed as one of the manuscript’s authors and he is associated with a group named Carbon-Free Buildings out of Boulder, Colorado, with an address to a Washington D.C. group named Re-Wire America both of which are environmentalist organizations.
This on top of many cities across the country such as New York and Los Angeles, California have banned gas stoves already. Obviously the CPSC wants to build on the momentum behind this trend, except the science to justify doing so is junk.
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