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2019-05-01. Your Gas Stove Is Bad for You and the Planet.

posted May 7, 2019, 8:23 AM by Alan Gould
By Justin Gillis and Bruce Nilles, The New York Times. [https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/01/opinion/climate-change-gas-electricity.html] For GSS Energy Use chapter 10. Excerpt: ...We have some good news that sounds like bad news: Your gas stove has to go. We know how you’ll feel reading those words. We used to love cooking with gas, too. But if our society is going to solve the climate crisis, one of the things we must do is stop burning gas in our buildings. Nobody is going to shed a tear about having to switch to a more efficient furnace or water heater. But people feel emotional about gas stoves, and the gas industry knows it. Seeing this fight coming, the industry is already issuing propaganda with gauzy pictures of blue flames. What the gas companies will not tell you is that your stove is a danger not just to the world’s climate but also to your own family’s health. ...In Berkeley, Councilwoman Kate Harrison is proposing a ban on gas hookups in new buildings, part of an effort to make sure the city follows through on its 2018 declaration of a “climate emergency.” Other cities are studying the issue, and Los Angeles announced an ambitious plan this week. ...The ultimate goal of this switch-over is to run more and more of the economy on electricity, a strategy known as “electrify everything.” This makes sense because as renewable energy displaces fossil fuels, the electric grid will get cleaner and cleaner. ...Why do all-electric homes make sense now? Because technology has come to the rescue, in the form of devices called heat pumps. They run on electricity, but far more efficiently than the electric appliances of our parents’ generation. ...Over the past decade, a growing body of scientific evidence has shown that gas stoves throw off pollutants like nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide. When you are cooking, those invisible pollutants can easily reach levels that would be illegal outdoors....