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California Wants to See How Cooking With Gas Affects Indoor Air

  • State looking at emissions from electric and gas stoves
  • Studies say cooking with gas can increase asthma rates

California air regulators are taking a new look at indoor air quality, including studying emission differences between cooking with natural gas or electric stoves.

The work comes as environmental groups and cities have increasingly sounded the alarm over natural gas use in homes. Despite objections from industry, 30 California cities—including Berkeley and San Jose—have passed rules over the past year banning natural gas outright or promoting electricity as a better option for cooking, heating, cooling, and powering buildings.