April 14, 2023
Source: Daily Kos
In 2023, in response to a new study showing that over one in eight cases of childhood asthma can be attributed to gas stove use, the methane gas industry attacked the study as “not substantiated by sound science,” invoking a phrase popularized by the tobacco industry. The American Gas Association’s statement implied that inquiries into the negative health effects of gas stoves are a new phenomenon, writing that “as concerns over emissions from gas ranges are raised and debated,” the trade association would “continue to work with regulators and policymakers to help ensure they have sound data to work with.”
This could not be further from the truth. In fact, the industry should support recently-proposed regulations requiring gas stoves to be sold with ventilation hoods because it itself has recognized the vital importance of ventilating gas stoves for over a hundred years.