My Kitchen, My Choice

The Gas Stove Story

The American public is being prepped for possible action by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission who say they are reviewing possible health hazards posed by gas stoves and will likely take action to regulate the appliances at some point in the future.

Oddly enough, Canada isn’t jumping on that bandwagon yet, but… early days…

Are Gas Stoves Really Responsible for 12.7% of Current Childhood Asthma Cases in the US?

Recently there have been stories about the risk of childhood asthma caused by natural gas stoves. It has been suggested that this news was one ‘trial balloon’ to influence public opinion on gas stoves.

Pushback about the validity of the Gruenwald Asthma-Gas Stove Research paper came from independent sources such as this:

… the Gruenwald et al paper seems to have some clear challenges that would typically preclude it from consideration in a policy-making process. Its underlying data is of low statistical power. Its conclusion is directly contradicted by more recent studies with significantly greater statistical power and it relies on a statistical tool that is considered invalid in situations with confounding variables yet it is being used to analyze an association that is absolutely rife with confounding variables.
– Blair King, Professional Chemist, Analysis January 12, 2023

How Much Pollution?

Stanford Researchers estimate, (based on a study of 53 California homes) that  methane leaking from natural gas-burning stoves inside an estimated 40 million U.S. homes has an annual climate impact comparable to the annual carbon dioxide emissions from about 500,000 gasoline powered cars.

This suggests one stove releases emissions equivalent to .0125 gasoline-powered cars.

To put this into perspective, The U.S. Department of Energy has calculated the annual well to wheels emissions for vehicles (they used an average driving distance of 11,579 miles per year.). An All Electric vehicle emits 2817 pounds of CO2 equivalent. A gasoline vehicle emits 12594 pounds of CO2 equivalent.

By extension then, a stove would emit 157 pounds a year, though that doesn’t include emissions from manufacture, etc. Put another way – each year a gas stove releases the equivalent emissions of driving a gasoline car about  144 miles.

In response to the possibility of any mandated ‘mitigation’ strategies, this comment appeared on Twitter a few days ago: “My kitchen, my choice”. I thought this variation of “My body, my choice”  was quite funny and apropos!

“…we currently live in a political climate that prioritizes grand symbolic gestures without regard to unintended consequences or even whether they will achieve their purported goal.
– Tristan Hopper, National Post: You want to ban me? A gas stove makes its case

The Babylon Bee, a satirical news site, offered this story:  “Biden Calls for Two Weeks of Not Cooking on Gas Stoves to Flatten the Curve”.

Other Reading:

Steve Everley, Managing Director in FTI Consulting’s Energy & Natural Resources, Current Research

Time: The Best Stove for Your Health and the Environment
Gas-Stoving America
Do Gas Stoves Cause Childhood Asthma

Data Sources:
U.S. Department of Energy Emissions from Electric Vehicles
U.S. Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment Climate and Health Impacts Natural Gas Stoves
Study on Natural Gas Stove Emissions in 53 Homes

16 thoughts on “My Kitchen, My Choice

  1. Oh good lord, what will they mess with next? Gas stoves have been around for decades! And they cook a lot better than electric ones.

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      1. Yes, we never get the whole story. We don’t want to know about how lithium batteries are made for those electric cars either!

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  2. I always enjoy reading your stuff because it is so well-researched. Gas stoves don’t cause asthma. There are groups that don’t want people to have any choices because then they can have control.


    1. Control – yes I do agree that certain people, and groups of people, are perhaps ‘hard-wired’ to want to control the actions of others. At the political level, they have a lot of power right now in your government and mine.

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  3. Another tempest in a teapot. Filled with boiling water from a kettle set on top of an electric stove, of course.


    1. I have to admit I’ve had electric stoves most of my adult life! I never bonded with gas stoves. Now I have induction and love how quickly it heats up! Extremely easy to clean the elements too.
      The Car Guy uses a gas BBQ. If our governments want to eliminate gas itself, then they will go after BBQ’s. If they only want to mitigate possible health hazards from using gas appliances, then they won’t have a case with an outdoor BBQ.

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  4. Thanks for the info.
    I don’t have a gas stove, but we had one a few decades ago. It was okay.
    As for the now-a-days, there are places that have forbidden the residents to heat with wood. So, no gas stoves and no wood stoves. Certainly, narrows the choices of what to use for cooking and heating for quite a few folks. I wonder, what will be on the list to try to cancel next.
    I read your comment on outdoor BBQ and I agree with you. 🙂


  5. It seems that the humble gas stove has become public enemy No 1 here in Oz too. The hype doesn’t make any sense though. No doubt the same old faces will soon be marching in the streets to ban them. 😱


    1. 74% of your countries electricity comes from coal or natural gas, with coal providing 54%. Your country also uses quite a lot of biomass (37% of your renewables) to produce electricity. According to Our World in Data, the death rate from accidents and air pollution is higher for biomass than it is for natural gas. Greenhouse gas emissions are higher for coal than natural gas which are both higher than biomass.
      If your country wants to address health, then perhaps they should reduce biomass! If they only want to address emissions then coal use could be a priority.


      1. Crikey Margy, I was going to spend today researching my great grandfather’s sister back in 18 something or other. Now I’ve gone down the rabbit hole of stats on Our World in Data, (being a stats nut) and I’ll have to spot up on biomass. There goes the housework and poor old Mrs. Morgan the many times over great aunt!

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  6. My suspicions lie in the fact we’ve used gas stoves for hundreds of years and only NOW are we coming up with so-called health hazards (explosions aside). The rationale for doing away with them is as clear (not) as the statistical data behind the COVID vaccines (no matter how you feel about the vaccines themselves). Blurring the facts in pursuit of questionable objectives seems to be a talent reserved for our government officials. On that note, I’m never running for office 🙂


    1. Sadly, the people who would be good at running the government aren’t the ones who are running the government…
      Whether it is Covid or gas stoves, decisions were made and will be made with little regard for unintended consequences and confounding variables.

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