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Should You Break Up With Your Gas Stove?

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Jun 28, 2021

Which kind of stove do you like better: gas or electric? This debate, and the ad campaigns that have fueled it, have been raging for over a century. While more people in the U.S. today have electric, gas stoves have won the battle for prestige — chefs prefer it. But now, the gas stove is at the center of a much bigger fight about climate change, as gas companies use the gas stove to try to ensure their future. Sporkful producer Andres O’Hara explains, then tries to convince Dan, a gas stove loyalist, to try a different way of cooking. Hint: It uses magnets.

Show Notes

Rebecca Leber’s reporting on gas stove influencers and the larger fight between gas utilities and cities fighting climate change

The Rocky Mountain Institute’s report on gas stoves and indoor air pollution

The American Gas Association’s evaluation of the Rocky Mountain Institute’s report

The EPA’s information on indoor air quality, the sources of Nitrogen Dioxide, and its effect on health

La Ñapa restaurant in Brooklyn

Reviews and articles on induction ranges and single burner cooktops by Consumer Reports, Reviewed.com, Wirecutter, and Cooks Illustrated

Our thanks to Grant Barrett at the radio show and podcast A Way With Words, Bruce Nilles at Energy Innovation, Professor Shelly Miller at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Professor Scott Misture at Alfred University, and Panama Bartholomy at the Building Decarbonization Coalition. 

Correction: In a previous version of this episode, Brady Seals, manager at the Rocky Mountain Institute, said that nearly 1 in 2 children who live in homes with a gas stove are at an increased risk for experiencing asthma symptoms, versus children who live in homes with an electric stove. That number is incorrect, and we have removed it from the episode.

Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:

  • "Hang Tight" by Hayley Briasco
  • "Private Detective" by Cullen Fitzpatrick
  • "Happy With You" by Ken Brahmstedt
  • "Bourbon Fanfare" by Devon Gray
  • "Shake and Bake" by Hayley Briasco
  • "De Splat" by Paul Fonfara

Photo courtesy of rhodesj/Flickr CC.

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