G. McConway
January 13, 2023

The Great Gas Stove Ban Debate

Never in all my days did I think something like gas stoves would be so controversial.

After the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced it was weighing a potential ban on gas stoves, the world went nuts.

Some say it is a silly argument, but this is a huge deal for the restaurant industry, of which I spent decades making a living.

Now the agency that started this mess, the CPSC, is refusing to divulge the sources of the study it keeps referring to.

Ban the Stove

This had become a bit of a joke to some liberals and Democrats, with AOC making a video mocking people who are pushing back against this.

These stoves are in about 40 percent of American homes and dominate the restaurant industry, so it is kind of a big deal.

When CPSC spokesperson Patty Davis was asked about the specific studies where the data was being pulled from, Davis responded, "There is a significant body of work on this topic from a variety of sources."

This body of research says these stoves can cause serious harm, to which most of us stated that as long as proper ventilation is used, you alleviate that issue.

Since then, the agency has backed off the banning narrative, and stated, "CPSC is researching gas emissions in stoves and exploring new ways to address any health risks. CPSC also is actively engaged in strengthening voluntary safety standards for gas stoves."

The White House also walked back its initial comments, now saying that it does not support the banning of gas stoves.

The American Gas Association AGA also responded, "Any discussion or perpetuation of the allegations in this report which is funded by non-governmental organizations to advance their agenda to remove consumer energy choice and the option of natural gas is reckless."

None of that, however, makes up for the fac an agency in this administration is hiding the studies that it is using to cite this data. I am speculating here, but I would guess that is because the data is more than likely in homes without proper ventilation for a gas stove.

To that point, the AGA added, "The authors conducted no measurements or tests based on real-life appliance usage, and ignored literature, including one study of data collected from more than 500,000 children in 47 countries that 'detected no evidence' of an association between the use of gas as a cooking fuel and either asthma symptoms or asthma diagnosis."

Source: Fox News

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