Should gas stoves be banned?

Critics say cooking with gas is bad for your lungs and the climate

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Should gas stoves be banned? That may happen soon in the United States. The Consumer Protection Safety Commission wants to take action following new research that links gas stoves to childhood asthma, Bloomberg reports. "Any option is on the table," Richard Trumka Jr., a member of the commission, told the news service. "Products that can't be made safe can be banned."

The move could shake up kitchens across the country. "A ban on gas cooking appliances would remove an affordable and preferred technology used in more than 40 percent" of American households, an appliance industry spokesperson says. Are gas stoves about to become extinct, or can they become safe to use? Here's everything you need to know:

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Joel Mathis, The Week US

Joel Mathis is a freelance writer who has spent nine years as a syndicated columnist, co-writing the RedBlueAmerica column as the liberal half of a point-counterpoint duo. His work also regularly appears in National Geographic, The Kansas City Star and Heatmap News. His awards include best online commentary at the Online News Association and (twice) at the City and Regional Magazine Association.