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Gas stoves

From: domainremoved <Cherie>
Date: Mon, 2 Sep 2019 22:00:01 -0700

Dear City Council members,

I was dismayed by your recent overreach in attempting to deprive residents of our ability to make our own choices regarding gas and electric appliances.

I urge you to at least reconsider banning gas stoves.

This would be disastrous for any restaurant, as well as for any serious home cook.

Electric stoves are merely glorified hotplates. There’s no way to transition quickly between high and low temperatures as is essential for skillful cooking.

The Bay Area is a haven for foodies, and stores like Sur la Table and Williams Sonoma sell high end cookware that would be rendered absolutely useless on electric stoves. And most of us either do not want or can’t afford high-end induction stoves, for which you’d also need to buy a whole new set of cookware specially designed for use with induction stoves.

I agree with Fran Dehn’s very reasonable suggestion to allow people to make their own choices regarding something as essential to our lives as the way we cook; most of us use our stoves on a daily basis; in addition, many residents also frequent local restaurants, and you’d be hampering both the restaurant chefs and the talented home chefs by depriving us of the ability to use a gas stove.

By the way, I have a gas stove and a gas heater. They are great. When the electricity goes out, as it does most years and as PG&E is promising us it will in the future, I can still cook and still stay warm in the winter, while people with “all electric” homes will stay cold and hungry.

And in case you haven’t heard, the claims of catastrophic climate change have been shown to be overblown—plus, it’s been proven that the sun is the main driver of climate. It’s also clear that inconveniencing our residents and sabotaging our restaurants is obviously not going to have any impact on the climate whatsoever. If you insist on banning gas stoves, I predict not a climate change, but a council change.


Cherie Zaslawsky
Received on Mon Sep 02 2019 - 21:52:41 PDT

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