by S. Byron Gassaway
Is the hidden reason behind the recent push to define cooking and heating with natural gas as “toxic” and “dirty” a realization by those in the know that the natural gas released by fracking is contaminated with highly toxic chemicals used in the fracking process itself? I can think of no other reason that what was considered a clean form of energy for over a century and which is much more efficient than electric cooking or heating has suddenly been demonized and made out to be a public health emergency. Rather than admit that fracking has released all kinds of toxins into our homes, the connection to fracking is ignored and the war in Ukraine used as an excuse to export the potentially toxic gas in liquified natural gas form to Western Europe as a way to get rid of it while cutting the economic losses that an outright ban would incur.
Biden administration weighs nationwide ban on gas stoves: report
Millions of Americans may soon be entering “not stove season.” The Biden administration is considering a nationwide ban on gas stoves — citing the harmful pollutants released by the appliances, according to a report. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is mulling the action after recent studies showed emissions from the devices can cause health and respiratory problems, Bloomberg reported Monday. “This is a hidden hazard,” CPSC Commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. told the outlet. “Any option is on the table. Products that can’t be made safe can be banned.”
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission will move to regulate gas stoves as new research links them to childhood asthma.
Colorado governor proposes to cut greenhouse gases, remove all gas powered vehicles
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis released a plan Wednesday to cut greenhouse gas emissions and meet environmentally conscious targets.
The Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap details steps the state needs to take to cut greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 50 percent in a decade, and by 25 percent in the next five years.
But the plan also aims to “close by 100 percent” non-electric vehicles on Colorado’s roads in 30 years – meaning the state intends to be entirely electric vehicle-operated by 2050.