Health Claims Prompt Gas Stove Ban Proposal


Gas-burning stove | Image by Vova Shevchuk/Shutterstock

Government officials are considering a ban on gas-burning stoves.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) initiated a recall on a portable gas stove in October due to fire risks it had posed as a result of gas leaks.

Richard Trumka Jr., a CPSC commissioner, stated in an interview that the agency was considering banning gas stoves due to alleged respiratory and other health problems.

“This is a hidden hazard,” said Trumka. “Any option is on the table. Products that can’t be made safe can be banned.”

Trumka said these kinds of stoves could emit dangerous levels of toxic chemicals even when they were not being used.

Most gas-burning stoves in the United States burn methane gas. While this gas is considered non-toxic and harmless in limited quantities, it does present a risk of suffocation if it displaces too much air.

Research conducted by Stanford University in 2021 on stoves from 53 California homes found that over three-quarters of methane gas escapes from a stove when the stove is inactive. Only one of the 53 stoves had no measurable leak.

Consumer Reports cited the Stanford study in December 2022 and said potentially high levels of nitrogen dioxide emitted from burners in a lab kitchen without adequate ventilation could pose a risk to people with asthma and other respiratory disorders.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the gas leaking from stoves can irritate airways in the human respiratory system and may aggravate respiratory diseases such as asthma.

Such respiratory disorders are often linked to obesity, a major public health crisis affecting Dallas-Fort Worth in particular, which has one of the highest rates of obesity of any U.S. metro area.

But, as former Texas congressman, White House physician, and Navy Rear Admiral (retired) Ronny Jackson pointed out, “187 MILLION Americans have gas stoves in their homes, and it will cost a FORTUNE to replace them.”

“There’s no ‘science’ behind this” attempt by the government to ban gas stoves, Jackson claimed.

U.S. Representative Gary Palmer (R-AL) also dismissed the idea of banning gas-burning stoves nationwide on Monday.

“Over 40 million American households use gas stoves,” said Palmer in a tweet. “This type of power should never have been given to unelected bureaucrats, and it is time for it to end.”

Trumka quickly responded, noting that the agency would not come after existing product consumers and that new regulations would only apply to new products.

“For Americans who CHOOSE to switch from gas to electric, there is support available — Congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act, which includes a $840 rebate,” explained Trumka.

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17 days ago

Or someone is trying to ban it because they want make more money on electrical ones

17 days ago

$840 rebate? If this went through, the cost of electric stoves would go sky high. Most stoves are already higher than that now. Why not just fine companies for defective gas stoves that leak to insure quality and safety? You know, hold them accountable for their product. And what about furnaces and water heaters? The dems just want everything electric so they can flip a button and shut you down. That is, if the overstrained power grid doesn’t do that for them.

Climate change is a farce to give dems an excuse to move things toward their total rule, including wasting trillions of dollars of our money (Lord only knows where a lot of that money ends up). Doctors and scientists will say whatever you want to hear for enough money. I’ve worked with doctors and have seen it. Was research coordinator on several drug studies and watched doctors denying one orally applied drug being the cause of the same serious side effect on 3 patients. (They woke up with lips and tongue swollen and breathing getting difficult. Oh, but it couldn’t possibly be the drug, right? Just be sure to always check drug side effects, even the rare occurrences.
You could be that rare case.) After all, that drug company was giving them a ton of money to do that study. Talk about conflict of interest. And the patient is the loser. The dems cannot control the weather. Climate always has been, and always will be, erratic. Hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes erupting and temperatures varying year to year has been happening since the dawn of man.

John White
John White
15 days ago

This action by the Biden administration is congruent with his war on natural gas.

When the air-fuel mixture is properly adjusted, there are no health concerns.

The more critical concern is the consequence of deaths due to house fires. An NFPA study reports, “Cooking is such a routine activity that it is easy to forget that the high temperatures used can easily start a fire. During 2014–2018, cooking was the leading cause of reported home fires and home fire injuries and the second leading cause of home fire deaths.

Cooking caused an average of 172,900 reported home structure fires per year (49 percent of all reported home fires in the US). These fires resulted in an average of 550 civilian deaths (21 percent of all home
fire deaths) and 4,820 civilian injuries (44 percent of all reported home fire injuries) annually.

Ranges or cooktops were involved in 61 percent of reported home cooking fires, 87 percent of cooking fire deaths, and 78 percent of cooking fire injuries. Households that used electric ranges showed a higher risk of cooking fires and associated losses than those using gas ranges.

NFPA Research, July 2020: Home Cooking Fires

Robert Miller
Robert Miller
12 days ago

I just put in a new gas stove for my wife because she likes cooking on them better. You use less energy, it heats up faster and is easier to control. There is NO way I would abide an unconstitutional edict like that. Whoever proposed this is an idiot and being paid off by somebody. If they say it is for your own good, always follow the money.