There is a news article that I found interesting: “A US federal agency is considering a ban on gas stoves” By Ramishah Maruf, CNN, Updated 8:43 AM EST, Tue January 10, 2023
“A federal agency is considering a ban on gas stoves, a source of indoor pollution linked to childhood asthma. In an interview with Bloomberg, a US Consumer Product Safety commissioner said gas stove usage is a hidden hazard.”
“Any option is on the table. Products that can’t be made safe can be banned,” agency commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. told Bloomberg. The report said the agency plans “to take action” to address the indoor pollution caused by stoves.”
Okay, let us consider this. There are a lot of things inside a house that could be considered as pollution.
For example, cooking of almost anything that isn’t boiled could cause some kind of airborne pollution. Those wonderful odors from cooking and baking are actually tiny particulates in the air. Would that qualify as pollution? Maybe we will have to perform all cooking operations outdoors to keep those dangerous odors from permeating our living space.
How about pet dander, dead skin cells from humans, pollens brought in on our clothes, and dust? We need to ban all those things as well?
And how about those amazing energy requirements for new house construction? These expensive requirements call for sealing up a house so tight that an exchange air system (electrical/mechanical) is mandated to be installed (at homeowners’ expense) to move outside air in and inside air out to control condensation which leads to mold which can be deadly. To what end? If the power goes out the air exchange systems stop. Do all the residents and pets stop breathing and stop exhaling moisture into the air? Won’t this ridiculous solution to moisture buildup also carry the pollution-producing stuff from stoves out as well? Well, then that problem is solved.
Where does it stop? Ban burning of candles? Consider this: It has been long been held that electric range burners are actually hotter than natural or propane gas burners. That means that the awful and dangerous cooking odors, gasses and smoke are likely to be more intense with hotter frying pans.
The CNN article goes on to state that “Thirty-five percent of households in the United States use a gas stove, and the number approaches 70% in some states like California and New Jersey.” How will California produce enough electricity to power up electric ranges in nearly 70% of the houses in that state when the utility companies are stretched to the limit to produce enough electricity to supply the state now? And add in charging your electric cars. Oh, yes, coal-fired electric generation is the answer now because the sun went down so solar energy is shut down, and the wind isn’t blowing hard enough to spin those giant bird killers.
There you are. Your tax dollars at work studying more goofy stuff. What’s next – government studies of the deleterious effects of cow flatulence on our atmosphere?