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Gas stoves are the latest battleground in the energy transition

When we installed our first gas stove about 15 years ago, I loved it. I loved the smooth blue flame and instantly felt like I was the gourmet chef I always dreamed of being. It’s funny how my perception has changed so much since I was a kid when the propane stove in my friend’s dad’s hunting lodge seemed like a country quirk popular only among northern Ontario’s off-grid pariahs. But I always thought blue flame was cool.

rebecca leber revealed the diabolical marketing genius behind our fascination with the wonders of gas cooking. Anne Jones article, “How the Fossil Fuel Industry Convinced Americans to Love Gas Stoves.”

By the 1980s, marketing agencies in the United States had perfected their craft and convinced everyone that gas was better than electricity for cooking. Soon, the electric stove was considered the low-cost option for those who prefer Kraft Dinner and frozen pizza.

But for the gourmets of the new millennium, induction cooking is gaining popularity. According to Consumer Reports, induction cookers can boil water in half the time. “Every induction hob and induction range that passes through our range lab provides fast hob heat and perfect boiling,” the nonprofit says.

They also state that induction cookers are five to 10 percent more efficient than traditional electric cookers and three times more efficient than gas.

Other advantages of induction hobs include a flat surface that is much easier to clean than gas burners and does not release toxic fumes inside your home.

Consumer Reports found high levels of nitrogen oxide emissions in gas stove testing, going so far as to recommend people buy electric stoves instead.

A new study published last month concluded that “12.7 percent of current childhood asthma nationwide is attributable to gas stove use, which is similar to the burden of childhood asthma attributed to secondhand smoke exposure.”

This report comes just two months after another study was published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology that identifies various hazardous chemicals released by gas stoves even when they are not open. The finding of cancer-causing benzene in the air of tested homes was particularly worrying, as it was associated with an increased risk of leukemia.

This new data has caught the attention of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, which has pledged to review the issue next year. Agency commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. A statement by the company suggested that banning new gas stoves could be one of the possible consequences. Trumka has sparked outrage in the fossil fuel industry, including natural gas utilities and their political allies.

It is not yet clear whether people will turn their backs on natural #Gas Cookers. Rob Miller @winexus #ClimateActionPlan #ClimateJustice, induction and conventional electric models are better for the environment both inside and outside the home.

in response to a Bloomberg article suggesting that gas stoves could be banned, US Senator Joe Manchin tweeted:

Perhaps wealthy politicians known to support the fossil fuel industry shouldn’t be deciding whether it’s safe to use a household product known to pollute the air in your home.

The overreaction of fossil fuel bosses is an indication of how the industry will tackle any proposal that limits the use of their products.

Residential use in Canada accounts for only 13 percent of the country’s natural gas consumption, with home and water heating responsible for most of it. How hard do you think the challenge will be to switch larger markets like electricity generation to cleaner energy sources?

In 2021, the United States burned 868 trillion liters of natural gas, a greenhouse gas that has more than 100 times the heating power of CO2. That’s the size of about 76 billion tankers that would circle the Earth 224 times if they were lined up end-to-end. Global natural gas consumption is more than four times that.

We have a methane problem and it won’t be easy to fix if battleaxes are thrown when production volumes are threatened. In Alberta, Daniel Smith’s is laying the groundwork to suspend or change federal laws such as Alberta Sovereignty, the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, or the Impact Assessment Act under the United Canada Act, or policies such as the oil and gas cap that threatens the industry’s goal of ever-expanding production. Despite strong indications that Albertans support climate action, his government continues to double down on fossil fuels.

I believe the next generation will understand very well what is at stake if we do not change our ways, and I am confident that they will continue to make better choices for the environment.

It’s self-explanatory that the University of Calgary suspended its oil and gas engineering program in 2021 due to declining enrollment.

It is not yet clear whether people will turn their backs on natural gas stoves. Induction and conventional electric models are better for the environment inside and outside the home. The risk of childhood asthma can worry parents. Hopefully that’s enough to bring about the day we’ll see people shut off their gas lines to their homes, and it will be another small step towards a long and arduous future without fossil fuels.

Rob Miller, a retired systems engineer formerly at General Dynamics Canada, now volunteers at the Calgary Climate Center and writes for the Eco-Elders for Climate Action. As a climate activist, she works in BC to stop old growth, reject coal mining on Alberta’s eastern slopes, facilitate community engagement in urban reforestation, and advocate for renewable energy. Miller uses a “systems-focused” approach to learn, understand and defend ecosystems threatened by climate change and unlimited resource development. He lives in Calgary.