Some cities ban new gas appliances to fight global warming

With research showing that emissions from gas stoves contribute to global warming, some US cities are banning the installation of new ones.

With research showing emissions from gas stoves contributing to global warming, some American cities prohibit the installation of new ones. And while Los Angeles and New York are among dozens of local governments requiring new homes and businesses to use electricity for their appliances, about 20 states have responded by banning gas appliances.

When Josh Gipper and his wife Kristen cook lunch for their kids, that blue flame on his gas stove doesn’t make them feel hot.

“I need to cook for my family, but I don’t want to do it at the expense of their future,” Josh Gipper told CBS News.

In 2020, all natural gas used in homes and businesses accounts for approximately 13% of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, according the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“The climate is the biggest concern, it’s what keeps me up at night,” Gipper said.

So Gipper let researchers at Stanford University turn his Denver home into a makeshift science lab.

Previous Stanford research found that gas stoves alone produce planet-warming pollution equivalent to about half a million gas-powered cars every week. Natural gas can also increase nitrogen dioxide levels, which can cause respiratory problems, including asthma.

Households that use natural gas will pay about 28% more this winter than last year, according to Numbers from the United States Energy Information Administration. But even with the cost of natural gas at its highest level in 14 years, the American Gas Association (AGA) doubts most consumers can afford to switch to electric appliances.

“It’s a very expensive proposition, for very little environmental gain,” said Karen Harbert, President and CEO of AGA.

Gipper thinks his generation owes it to the next to solve the problem.

“As a millennial, and now that we’re raising kids, nobody else is dealing with this issue,” Gipper said. “It’s time for us.”

Teresa H. Sadler