Hot topic: is your gas stove destroying the planet?


Hot topic: is your gas stove destroying the planet?

Gas cooking is a tiny contributor to climate change, but supplying homes and businesses with natural gas is a big one

Justin Fox

Of the natural gas burnt in American homes, just 2.8% is used for cooking, according to a 2015 survey by the US Energy Information Administration.

Residential natural gas use in turn makes up just 15% of total US consumption, a percentage that has fallen over the past decade, as natural gas passed coal to become the country’s main power-plant fuel and residential gas use held more or less steady, as it has since the mid 1970s.

Home kitchens account for about 0.4% of US natural gas use. Burning natural gas was responsible for an estimated 36% of US carbon dioxide emissions in 2020, so residential natural-gas cooking’s share of those emissions comes in at less than 0.2%. That’s not a lot...

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