Debate flares up over proposed Washington heat pump mandate October 6, 2022

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Dr. Gordon Wheat with Olympia Physicians for Social Responsibility favors the proposed change on health grounds, noting it would provide cleaner air for homeowners.

Mandating heat pumps would discourage the installation of new gas cooking stoves that cause indoor pollution resulting in increased incidents of asthma, especially in children, as well as increased incidents of cardiovascular disease and cancer in adults, he explained.

“So, less cooking with gas would improve public health immediately,” Wheat said.

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