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Some US cities are banning new gas appliances in an effort to tackle climate change

Denver – With research showing emissions from gas stoves contribution For the sake of global warming, some US cities are banning the installation of new ones. And while Los Angeles and New York City are among dozens of local governments mandating that new homes and businesses run their appliances on electricity, nearly 20 states have responded by banning gas appliances.

When Josh Gipper and his wife Kristen cook lunch for their kids, that blue flame on their gas stove doesn’t make them feel warm.

“I want to cook for my family, but I don’t want to make it detrimental to their future,” Josh Gipper told CBS News.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in 2020, all natural gas used in homes and businesses accounts for about 13% of the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions.

“Climate is the biggest concern, it’s the thing that keeps me up at night,” Gipper said.

So, Gipper let Stanford University researchers turn their Denver home into a makeshift science lab.

Previous Stanford research found that gas stoves alone create planet-warming pollution equivalent to about half a million gas-powered cars each week. Natural gas can also increase nitrogen dioxide levels, potentially leading to respiratory problems, including asthma.

According to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, households using natural gas will pay about 28% more this winter than last year. But even with the price of natural gas at a 14-year high, the American Gas Association (AGA) suspects most consumers can afford to switch to electrical appliances.

“It’s a very expensive proposition, with very little environmental benefit,” said AGA President and CEO Karen Harbert.

Gipper believes that his generation is responsible for the next generation to solve this issue.

“As a millennial, and now that we’re raising kids, no one else is taking care of this problem,” Gipper said. “It’s time for us.”

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