An estimated 35% of Americans still use gas stoves. That’s despite the known benefits of their electric counterparts: While burning gas in a contained indoor space like a kitchen causes harmful and environmentally damaging air pollution, electric stoves are cleaner and safer and tend to outperform gas options across metrics.
To knock out emissions, we need to electrify our devices at the same time the power industry is undergoing a massive shift to renewable energy.
But gas stoves still hold tremendous social clout thanks in part to a concerted lobbying effort by the oil and gas industry to keep their sales up even as cars, buses, and buildings all go electric. And they may just become a final frontier to electrifying our society.