The Biden regime is considering a regulation that may amount to a total ban on natural gas cooking stoves due to their potentially harmful emissions. Despite their usage in more than one-third of the U.S., the government is concerned about the safety of Americans and how to consume healthy meals without putting users’ health at risk.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. revealed that an investigation is ongoing over the dangers caused by gas stove pollution across the nation. He concluded that the government could opt for regulation or an outright ban.
Instead of electric cookers, domestic and commercial cooks prefer the natural gas option. However, recent studies have revealed that pollutants like nitrogen dioxide, carbon dioxide, and “fine particulate matter” emitted by gas stoves are harmful.
Regulatory bodies like the Environmental Protection Agency and World Health Organization ruled that these pollutants can cause cancer, cardiovascular problems, and respiratory illnesses.
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Health studies dating back 50 years show that gas stoves are bad for our health. A more recent study by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health traced more than 12% of childhood asthma cases nationwide to gas stove leaks and emissions during cooking.
Thirty-five percent of households in the United States use a gas stove. Although in some states like California and New Jersey, the number approaches 70%, this hasn’t stopped lawmakers from looking to curb their usage.
In the letter that initiated the scrutiny, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Were among the lawmakers who supported it. There are arguments that Black, Latino, and low-income homes are more likely to be adversely affected by this policy. This is because they are more likely to live near coal ash sites, waste incinerators, or in a home with poor ventilation.
Some cities across the U.S. have already banned natural gas hookups in all new building construction to curb greenhouse emissions. They include Berkeley, San Francisco, and New York City in 2019, 2020, and 2021, respectively.