After the release of a Jan. 9 Bloomberg article regarding the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s interest in potentially banning gas stoves, people started to freak out a little.
According to poll results from Texas electricity provider Payless Power published by The Washington Times Thursday and WDBO Friday, Americans are still freaked. Per the results, 77% of respondents believe the CPSC will institute a ban on the methane-emitting appliances at some future date.
Another poll conducted from Jan. 11 through Jan. 18 by WSGS found that 86% of respondents believe that gas stoves should be banned.
Concerns about gas stoves far predate the Bloomberg article, which quotes CPSC Commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. calling them a “hidden hazard” in American homes. For example, research published in October linked natural gas-powered stoves to cancerous pollutants.
According to the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, California has the highest percentage of households (70%) with gas stoves in the nation. Last year, the Los Angeles City Council voted to ban most gas appliances in new construction and in 2021, New York City passed a ban on gas hookups in new buildings, USC Price said.
A study published just last month also linked 13% of current childhood asthma cases to gas stove use.
However, some Americans are fans of gas stoves and 40% of homes (around 40 million) in the nation have them. According to results of a 2021 Morning Consult survey, half of the respondents who said they were “unlikely to buy an electric stove said a major reason why is that they’ve used them previously and found them less effective than gas alternatives.”
Around a year later, another Morning Consult poll found that public interest in both electric and natural gas stoves was down.
Shortly after the Bloomberg article, interest was up. On Jan. 10, Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-N.Y.) got in a spat about gas stoves on Twitter. A Jan. 11 article in The Washington Post called gas stoves “the latest flash point in the culture wars” and the following day, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted a warning not to “mess with” his state’s gas stoves.
By then, White House officials had debunked the idea that the federal government was planning gas stove ban.
“The President [Joe Biden] does not support banning gas stoves – and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is independent, is not banning gas stoves,” said White House spokesman Michael Kikukawa.
What the CPSC does plan to do is open public comment on gas stove hazards in the coming months.
“Environmental justice organizations have long recognized the health hazards due to extraction and combustion of gas,” according to Jill Johnston, an associate professor at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “Electrification of stoves is poised to offer significant health benefits, especially for children and other vulnerable populations.”