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Federal Agency Wants to BAN Gas Kitchen Stoves for “the Children” – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on January 14, 2023

It’s ironic that we’re regularly being asked to reduce our use of electricity while the powers that be want to force us to switch to totally electric homes and electric cars. In the very likely event of rolling blackouts, people would not be able to cook, heat their homes, or charge a vehicle to go someplace with power. But hey, if you care about the planet, you’ll happily suffer for it, right?

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2023/01/daisy-luther/federal-agency-wants-to-ban-gas-kitchen-stoves-for-the-children/


Daisy Luther

How about a side of government overreach with your dinner? That will be the case if a certain federal agency has its way, because they want to ban that gas stove in your kitchen ASAP.

Of course, it’s for the children.

The hullabaloo comes after a peer-reviewed study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health attributed more than 12% of current childhood asthma cases in the United States to the use of gas cookstove.

Here’s what the government has to say.

It all started with a report by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission that condemned the use of gas stoves in your kitchen and promoted the use of electric stoves as a safer alternative. Bloomberg reports:

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…

…The US Consumer Product Safety Commission plans to take action to address the pollution, which can cause health and respiratory problems.

And what would that action include? Welp, right from the horse’s mouth, banning the appliances.

“This is a hidden hazard,” Richard Trumka Jr., an agency commissioner, said in an interview. “Any option is on the table. Products that can’t be made safe can be banned.”

It isn’t clear whether the potential ban would apply to stoves already installed in homes or if you just wouldn’t be able to purchase a new one.

Natural gas is evil.

And, another clean energy group would really like to get rid of all gas appliances.

“There is about 50 years of health studies showing that gas stoves are bad for our health, and the strongest evidence is on children and children’s asthma,” said Brady Seals, a manager in the carbon-free buildings program  at the nonprofit clean energy group RMI and a co-author of the study. “By having a gas connection, we are polluting the insides of our homes.”

Nearly 100 cities in the United States have gotten on board with the move away from efficient and economical natural gas. Bloomberg summarizes:

The New York City Council voted in 2021 to ban natural gas hookups in new buildings smaller than seven stories by the end of this year. The California Air Resources Board unanimously voted in September to ban the sale of natural gas-fired furnaces and water heaters by 2030.

It’s ironic that we’re regularly being asked to reduce our use of electricity while the powers that be want to force us to switch to totally electric homes and electric cars. In the very likely event of rolling blackouts, people would not be able to cook, heat their homes, or charge a vehicle to go someplace with power. But hey, if you care about the planet, you’ll happily suffer for it, right?

Can you imagine the control that could be had over a fully electric home with a smart meter? Or an entire city or neighborhood of fully electric homes? For those who value our independence, this sounds concerning.

Also, gas stoves are racist.

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