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CNN reporter claims using gas stove is like 'having a car idling' inside your home

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CNN reporter Bill Weir, the network's "chief climate correspondent," uncritically promoted on Wednesday the alarmist narrative about gas stoves.

What is the background?

The Biden administration was reportedly considering a nationwide ban on gas-burning stoves after one study connected the appliances to childhood asthma.

That study, published last month in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, claimed that nearly 13% "of current childhood asthma nationwide is attributed to gas stove use, which is similar to the childhood asthma burden attributed to secondhand smoke exposure."

What did Weir claim?

Speaking about the development on CNN, Weir claimed "the science" shows that operating gas stoves inside a residence is akin to placing a vehicle inside a building and letting it idle.

"The science is showing us that having a gas stove, in a small apartment, especially with bad ventilation, it's like having a car idling there," he claimed.

Weir added that if "you have young kids, it can affect cognitive abilities as well as asthma." Other than referring to the IJERP article, he did not cite any evidence to corroborate his claims.

The reporter went on to declare that banning gas stoves would not just be about personal health but also climate change.

"Methane is 80 times more powerful than CO2 when it comes to heating up the planet," he said.

Anything else?

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission chairman Alexander Hoehn-Saric said Wednesday that his agency will not ban gas stoves.

"Research indicates that emissions from gas stoves can be hazardous, and the CPSC is looking for ways to reduce related indoor air quality hazards. But to be clear, I am not looking to ban gas stoves and the CPSC has no proceeding to do so," Hoehn-Saric said.

"CPSC is researching gas emissions in stoves and exploring new ways to address health risks. CPSC also is actively engaged in strengthening voluntary safety standards for gas stoves. And later this spring, we will be asking the public to provide us with information about gas stove emissions and potential solutions for reducing any associated risks," he added.

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