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Another one from another voice on the stoves. They do say induction stoves will become the go to stove. We will see as when I have to buy another one I will check induction out.

Speaking of hot topics, have you heard the federal government could ban gas stoves — and maybe even confiscate that beloved big burner you have in your kitchen? Rest, says Biden administration No such raids are planned to steal your stove or other household appliances. But for some influencers, particularly of the right-wing persuasion, the rumor itself was too enticing to be weighed down by something as odd and tedious as facts. “Now (President Joe) Biden isn’t just coming for your paycheck, he’s coming for your hearth,” Fox News host Sean Hannity announced Jan. 10. “You heard me right. The White House is now trying to ban all gas stoves and burners.” “I will NEVER give up my gas stove,” Texas Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson tweeted. “If the maniacs in the White House come for my stove, they can snatch it from my cold, dead hands. COME AND TAKE IT!!” Rest Ronny. Reassurance comes from none other than Richard Trumka Jr., a Biden commissioner for the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is responsible for regulating more than 15,000 household products and appliances, including stoves.

The offending announcement was not intended to start a fire storm.

Trumka inadvertently sparked rumors of a gas stove ban by telling Bloomberg that the agency may soon be stepping up stove regulation and is considering a ban, but only for new stoves, not the one that might be in your kitchen right now. Why? Among other reasons, more than 12 percent of current U.S. childhood asthma cases can be attributed to gas stove use, Trumka noted, citing new peer-reviewed research published last month in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Consumer Reports also urged consumers in October to consider an electric stove next time they buy a stove, after tests found high levels of nitrogen oxides from gas stoves. “We don’t want to go into anyone’s homes and take away items that are already there,” Trumka said. “We do not do that.” Please do not. But suspicions that they do are thriving, particularly in the conservative outrage industry and among others who enjoy poking fun at liberal political correctness, like in the popular TikTok meme “My gas stove identifies as electric.” Haha.

Cities and states are beginning to phase gas out.

But while federal officials ponder the safety of gas stoves, some cities and states have taken action of their own since the notoriously liberal Berkeley, California, banned gas hookups in most homes and other new construction in 2019, largely to reduce the carbon emissions that lead to it contribute to climate change. Now environmentalists, consumer advocates and others want Chicago to join New York, Los Angeles and Boston in banning the use of natural gas in most new construction. At a press conference last Wednesday at Chicago City Hall, Jack Darin, head of the Illinois chapter of the Sierra Club, called such an ordinance “the next bold step in climate protection.” But strong action is also bubbling up on the Pro-Gas side. At least 20 states have passed their own preventive legislation to prohibit their local governments from enacting gas bans. Gas companies and their allies base their opposition on cost concerns and the freedom for customers to have more energy choices. I respect that. But I also advocate more research and robust debate to ensure the choice is a good one, based on solid, current information and not myth and rumor. The gas debate is literally on our doorstep. I grew up watching my mother tirelessly argue for the superiority of gas over electric stoves, just as many great chefs do today. But I think even mom would be as impressed as I am with the speed, heat and efficiency of today’s induction cooktops and ranges.

Induction stoves heat faster and should shut off as quickly as gas, what I find the best about gas.

They generate heat from an electromagnetic field beneath the cooktop’s glass surface, then transfer the electricity directly to the magnetic cookware, heating it up – in seconds. Of course, they can also cost more, so shop around. Buyers may be eligible for financial stimulus created by Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, subject to abrupt changes in Washington policy. I expect that as the furnace debate heats up, it will grow and change like other debates about things that are good for us, like mandatory seat belts, or bad for us, like smoking. I expect younger people will similarly lead the way from gas to electric cooking over time. It’s going to be her world, after all. I just feel lucky to stick with it.

I notice no one fights the shift to heat pumps.

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