Third, his essay misleads. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission did not make an announcement it was considering a ban on natural gas stoves. There was one out of the 5 commissioners who made a statement that he would consider such a ban. The natural gas industry went nuts.
Why is this happening now? In January there were over 10,000 news stories on new research linking gas stoves to childhood asthma. Indoor air pollution and gas stoves is old news to those of us who work in energy but it hasn’t burst into public awareness until now. That’s the reason for Shaw’s essay - damage control. You’ll see a lot more such rah rah essays about gas in the future,
Even though gas stoves don’t use much fuel compared to furnaces, losing consumer affection for gas stoves is an existential threat. Modern heat pumps are already superior to gas furnaces but people don’t “love” their furnaces the way they do their stove so what fuel type consumers cook with is very important.
Everyone can keep their gas stoves, of course - there are no jack booted government thugs coming to take your stove. But you should know gas stoves emit harmful pollutants even when turned off, and there is a strong link to higher rates of childhood asthma in homes even with ventilation (which most people don’t use, or don’t use properly).