When a commissioner from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said earlier this month it would consider a ban on gas stoves to beat back greenhouse emissions and health hazards, the backlash was swift. Enraged Americans and conservative politicians were adamant about keeping their beloved appliance, and the agency renounced the possibility of a gas stove ban. Other state and local bills that have gained more traction have focused on banning gas hook-ups in newly constructed housing.
But even if they can overcome opposition, these proposals might miss many of the people most vulnerable to the adverse consequences of indoor air pollution now: Lower-income households and people of color.
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