How about a side of government overreach with your dinner? That will be the case if a certain federal agency has its way, because they want to ban that gas stove in your kitchen ASAP.
Of course, it's for the children.
The hullabaloo comes after a peer-reviewed study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health attributed more than 12% of current childhood asthma cases in the United States to the use of gas cookstove.
Here's what the government has to say.
It all started with a report by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission that condemned the use of gas stoves in your kitchen and promoted the use of electric stoves as a safer alternative. Bloomberg reports:
Natural gas stoves, which are used in about 40% of homes in the US, emit air pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and fine particulate matter at levels the EPA and World Health Organization have said are unsafe and linked to respiratory illness, cardiovascular problems, cancer, and other health conditions, according to reports by groups such as the Institute for Policy Integrity and the American Chemical Society. Consumer Reports, in October, urged consumers planning to buy a new range to consider going electric after tests conducted by the group found high levels of nitrogen oxide gases from gas stoves…
…The US Consumer Product Safety Commission plans to take action to address the pollution, which can cause health and respiratory problems.
And what would that action include? Welp, right from the horse's mouth, banning the appliances.
"This is a hidden hazard," Richard Trumka Jr., an agency commissioner, said in an interview. "Any option is on the table. Products that can't be made safe can be banned."
It isn't clear whether the potential ban would apply to stoves already installed in homes or if you just wouldn't be able to purchase a new one.