Danger, Hot Stove

In a World Lit Only by Fire

The latest tempest in a teapot, which happens to be sitting on a gas stove, is the stove itself. Once again conservatives have succeeded in getting all their undies all up in a bunch over nothing. A bureaucrat who had said that the government should study getting rid of gas stoves, because they contribute to global warming and their fumes are a health hazard within the house. Recommended as replacements are induction electric ranges, which are mainly powered around here by, let me check this, coal fired power plants. From an environmental viewpoint this suggestion is a bit of the cart before the horse. After years of hearing that gas is cleaner than coal, we have invested completely, in gas: furnace, water heater, dryer and stove. Our stove is our newest purchase, replacing an almost forty-year-old one. Based on our past history this new one should out last me. Our reliance on gas also makes it unfeasible to economically switch to cleaner electric power sources like solar. I investigated that last year. So, what is a person to do? I am certainly not going to involve myself with any rightwing echo chamber, whose sole purpose is to distract people from more important issues. One thing that I will do though is clean that stove.

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