50 years of studies prove gas stoves are bad for you. What’s next?

A half-century of research on gas stoves shows they are equivalent to living in a house with secondhand smoke.

On The Carbon Copy podcast this week:

Last month, a new study showing that over 12 percent of childhood asthma cases can be linked to gas stoves took over the discourse. Suddenly, gas stoves were a hot topic on nightly news programs across America.

The study ignited backlash from conservative pundits, especially after a commissioner from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said stricter regulation of gas stoves was on the table.

But there’s nothing new about the connection between gas stoves and adverse health impacts. The latest findings build on decades of public-health research that most American consumers have never heard of — in part due to an aggressive marketing effort by the gas industry.

This week, we dive beyond the outrage cycle and into the data. Guest Brady Seals, a manager in RMI’s Carbon-Free Buildings program, talks about what 50 years of research tells us about the health effects of gas stoves and how the latest findings will influence the policy push to get gas out of buildings.

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