In reality, this issue isn’t going away. While the commission may have had to walk it back for now, many states and municipalities are considering bans on hook-ups and new appliances. More importantly, the doubt has been cast in people’s minds, so mission accomplished for the environmental left. A gullible press parroted biased studies as proof that gas stoves are harmful, no matter that the preponderance of evidence shows they are no more harmful than electric stoves. Ventilation is the key to mitigating the small amounts of emissions that arise from cooking, whatever the source.
I’d like to recognize the work of Steve Everley with FTI Consulting. He had clearly been ready for this and released a tweet thread with all the relevant facts about the science. You should read the whole thing, but here are a few of the main points:
Once biased studies and their headlines get out, they exist in perpetuity, no matter how preposterous. CNN and other media outlets trumpeted the headlines uncritically. Remember the Cornell professor funded by environmental groups who released a study claiming that natural gas emitted more GHGs than coal? Despite his study being debunked by research teams at MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and others, his study lives on and is still quoted today by those claiming natural gas is dangerous.
It's also no coincidence when we see these narratives pushed in the media. The Alliance’s news service, Western Wire, was a pioneer in uncovering the source. Using open records requests filed by Energy Policy Advocates, Western Wire exposed how RMI and other groups collaborated with state officials on a campaign to ban natural gas for home heating and cooking. We outlined the role of RMI in these efforts.
Despite the mainstream media’s inability to deal critically with the issue, there are independent media sources that have gone deeper. This Substack article is of note for its depth. While it won’t be read by the average media consumer, such work and the base research from Western Wire help provide background to those reporters who still care about getting at the full story. Kudos to Steve for his excellent work.