California Looks To Come For Your Stoves And Water Heaters To Stop ‘Climate Change’

The Cult of Climastrology is always looking for new ways to control your choices

California’s next frontier in fighting climate change: your kitchen stove

Curtis Stone has been using induction cooktops for years. The Australian celebrity chef — who operates acclaimed restaurants in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills and is planning a pop-up eatery at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this month — said the electric cooking technology is faster, cleaner and more efficient than a traditional gas stove.

“And they’re more accurate,” Stone said. “I know I’ll get a rolling simmer on a 6, and I know I’ll get a rapid simmer on a 7, and I know I’ll get a rapid boil on an 8.”

Induction cooktops have another advantage: They don’t burn natural gas, a fossil fuel that contributes to climate change. California is looking for ways to phase out fossil gas, not just from power plants but also from stoves, water heaters and furnaces.

That could involve a long-term transition to all-electric homes and other buildings for tens of millions of Californians, a plan supported by clean energy advocates and some state officials.

Not everyone is on board.

The electrification plan could prompt a confrontation between the country’s biggest gas distribution utility, Southern California Gas Co., and its second-biggest electric utility, Southern California Edison. The monopoly powerhouses are already promoting competing visions for the Golden State, with Edison pushing a future powered by electricity and SoCalGas touting the climate benefits of so-called renewable gas.

What’s going to power all those stoves, water heaters, and furnaces?

Among the sources of climate change pollution, cars and power plants get the most attention. But buildings are responsible for a quarter of California’s planet-warming emissions when gas and electricity use are taken into account, state data show.

In residential buildings, two-thirds of gas consumption is for space and water heating, and an additional 18 percent is for washing clothes and dishes. Just 7 percent of residential gas use is for cooking, with the rest going toward clothes drying, pool heating and hot tub warming.

For many clean energy advocates, the solution is obvious: Replace gas with electricity. They point out that the electricity supply is getting cleaner — California got more than half its power from climate-friendly sources such as solar and wind in 2017, and is aiming for 100 percent by 2045 — while gas continues to emit carbon dioxide when burned.

Wind and solar provide 9.4% and 10.2%, respectively. Hydro is up to 14.7% (but the extreme enviros are not happy and want the dams torn down). And the cost of electricity has skyrocketed in California. Regardless, you cannot power everything with solar and wind. There’s nothing wrong with induction, if I ever need to replace my stove (which is electric, only heating and water heater are natural gas) that’s what I’ll get. But, I do not want Government forcing my choice. This is not what government is for.

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13 Responses to “California Looks To Come For Your Stoves And Water Heaters To Stop ‘Climate Change’”

  1. Bill Bear says:

    “California Looks To Come For Your Stoves And Water Heaters To Stop ‘Climate Change’”

    There is nothing in the article Porter Good referred to that indicates that California is “coming for” (i.e. about to confiscate) anyone’s stoves and water heaters.

    Porter Good is lying — again.

    I wonder where Porter Good got the idea that blogs are for spreading falsehoods, misinformation, and hatred.

    That’s not what blogs are for.

    • formwiz says:

      From the article, Looney Tunes

      For many clean energy advocates, the solution is obvious: Replace gas with electricity.

      So, yeah, they are coming for your stoves and water heaters.

      And there’s Jeffery’s favorite epithet.

      Too bad he’s the best example of it on the Interwebz.

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        Edward Dutcher is lying to you.

        There was no mention of anyone coming for your appliances. It sounded as if the state was still considering natural gas.

        But lying is what Dutch formwiz does.

        You should look up what epithet means.

        • Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

          Perhaps you should Jeffery Lynn Keene. https://www.thepiratescove.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cool.gif

        • alanstorm says:

          “California is looking for ways to phase out fossil gas, not just from power plants but also from stoves, water heaters and furnaces.”

          Misunderstood this too, I see. Stop digging.

  2. alanstorm says:

    “That could involve a long-term transition to all-electric homes and other buildings for tens of millions of Californians, a plan supported by clean energy advocates and some state officials.”

    What part of the above was unclear to you?

    “I wonder where Porter Good got the idea that blogs are for spreading falsehoods, misinformation, and hatred.

    That’s not what blogs are for.”

    Apparently, that’s what YOU are for. And your work is exemplary. Another source of falsehoods:

    “California got more than half its power from climate-friendly sources such as solar and wind in 2017, and is aiming for 100 percent by 2045”

    Willing to bet that the wind/solar figures cited (9.4% and 10.2%) are INSTALLED capacity, not actual generation, which averages a lot lower. And the point about enviros hating hydro is well taken. What happens in 2045 – will CA cut the cords to out-of-state utilities that burn Nat gas or coal?

  3. david7134 says:

    Alan,
    Why did you ask about 2045. According to the climate people, we only have 12 years. So we don’t have to worry about anything

    • formwiz says:

      If Captain Ahab had tossed his harpoon like that, Moby Dorothy would have been his girlfriend’s perfume bottle till Grant took Richmond.

    • alanstorm says:

      Well, then all their electricity needs – zero – can EASILY be handled by renewables, right?

  4. ST says:

    KNOCKOUT PUNCH – Candace Owens Opening Statement At U.S. House Hearing

    https://commoncts.blogspot.com/2019/04/watch-candace-owens-opening-statement.html

  5. Jl says:

    If California did the stove thing, it would definitely prevent our demise that’s due to happen in less than 12 years…

  6. David says:

    It’s very interesting. I’m waiting for results.

  7. Dana says:

    When we bought the farm, it was total electric. During the winter of 2017-8, we lost sparktricity for five days. The water heater was electric, so it was useless. The heat was electric, so we had no heat. The range was electric, so it didn’t work.

    With the kitchen remodeling project last summer, we replaced the range with a gas (propane) model; if the power goes out, the range top works even though the oven will not. We replaced the water heater with a gas model, so we’ll still have hot water. And while the heating system remains the same, we added a gas fireplace, so the house can be kept warm. I’m proud to be adding to carbon emissions, though, given the the closest power plants are coal-fired, maybe the offset is more than the increase.

    The Pyrite State is not all big cities; there are plenty of farm households, and plenty of people living in the mountains, in snow country. Electric service gets interrupted there, too.

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