Cooking with gas represents only a tiny fraction of overall gas use. Some say it does not matter much for the climate, but is that true?
A recently published study investigating the connection between gas stoves and asthma cases has sparked a debate in the United States. The discussion was sparked by a quote from a US Consumer Product Safety Commission member who indicated that gas stoves might be banned. While it is unlikely that gas stoves will be banned in the US any time soon, a heated debate followed.
Gas stoves emit NO₂ and other pollutants known to cause health problems, and modern electric induction stoves provide a safer and more efficient alternative. But a question some people raised is whether gas stoves matter much for the climate.
According to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas stoves are responsible for less than three percent of household gas use in the United States. And that is only 15 percent of overall gas consumption in the US. The rest is in industry and power plants.