Gas Stoves Spark Controversy

Posted on March 8, 2023 by


Gas Stove by Petr Kratochvil

Should Americca ban gas stoves?

While the question may sound extreme, actions have been taken to support this move within the government. 

Around mid-January, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission made statements regarding the safety of gas stoves. Richard Trumpka Jr., head of the commission, sighted safety concerns as a key factor.

Immediate outrage ensued across the U.S., sparking a string of controversies.

“Matt Gaetz, the Republican congressman, tweeted a picture of his stove’s flickering blue flame, warning ‘You’ll have to pry it from my COLD DEAD HANDS’,” The Guardian said.

One of the key arguments against gas stoves is the energy source used to power the stoves themselves. 

“Gas leaks can also cause dangerous explosions. A 2022 report from the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration documented 2,700 gas leak incidents since 2010 that resulted in deaths, injuries requiring hospitalization, or more than $122,000 in property damage. Nearly 700 people were hospitalized with injuries and more than 140 were killed in these incidents,” Yahoo News reported. 

While gas leaks are shown to cause potentially hazardous conditions, climate change has also been another issue mentioned in these proceedings. 

“The Energy Department said the proposed conservation standards overall would save a “significant amount” of energy, most likely resulting in estimated national savings that are ‘the equivalent of the electricity use of 19 million residential homes in one year’,” NBC stated. 

Could an outright ban actually take place after all of this? 

“The outrage should soon simmer down: the White House has ruled out a national ban on gas stoves, although some cities such as New York and Los Angeles are moving to block gas hookups in new buildings for climate reasons,” The Guardian stated. 

A possible prediction about what may actually happen is still uncertain.

“While it’s unlikely you’ll find government agents knocking on your door asking for you to hand over your gas stove, there is a strong possibility the government will instead regulate them out of existence, force manufacturers into taking gas-powered stoves or other appliances off their product lines, and prevent gas companies from running lines into new construction,” central Washington Congressman Dan Newhouse (R) said. 

The consensus for gas stoves is ever-changing and time will tell whether or not gas stoves will continue to be made.

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