Getup! claimed that[1]:

“Cooking with a gas stove can have a similar impact on childhood asthma as living with a smoker”

The report originates from the Climate Council, which claimed[2] that:

“Cooking with gas is estimated to be responsible for up to 12% of the burden of childhood asthma in Australia. A child living with gas cooking in the home faces a comparable risk of asthma to a child living with household cigarette smoke”.

Many ‘Progressives’ habitually mangle the English language. getup! and the Climate Council are serial offenders – they even Get! the story straight between each themselves!

  1. Comparable means “capable of being compared”. An atom is comparable to the planet because they both have mass. It doesn’t mean near in value or size as they imply.
  2. Similar means “having a likeness or resemblance, especially in a general way”. A triangle on a piece of paper is similar to the Great pyramid of Cheops.
  3. Effective science depends on precision in communication. The term “burden of childhood asthma” is emotive and imprecise. The only science evident in Getup!’s claim is political science.
  4. “Up to” can mean anything from zero to a benchmark. It is meaningless.

Let’s fact-check the Climate Council’s probably-fake statement, if that is possible, given the muddled and obscure language:

If gas cooking causes 12% of ‘the burden’ of childhood asthma’ then it begs the question:

Q. What percentage of households use natural gas?

We use natural gas, not bottled gas because bottled gas is general used outside the home for BBQ. Natural gas piped into the home is generally used for hot water, cooking and heating.

The answer is “One half of households (50%) used mains gas, …”[4]. In Victoria it is 83%, in Queensland it is only 12% and in Tasmania it is a mere 3%. Therefore, if the claim was true, we’d expect a greater incidence of asthma in Victoria.

If the claim was correct, we’d expect that Victoria would have 12% more asthma cases for 83% of the population than a state with no mains gas, such as Tas(5%) or NT(3%).

The chart shows the incidence of Asthma predicted by the Climate Council model (red line) and the actual incidence of asthma in each state (blue). Victoria on the left has the most gas main installations, 83% while the NT, on the right has the fewest at 3%.

According to the Climate Council model:
* Tasmania is expected to have 10.6% Asthmatics. Inconveniently, it 17.5% more than the prediction.
* WA is expected to have 11.4% Asthmatics, but it has only 9.6%, which is inconveniently 19% less than the prediction.

Conclusion: There is no correlation. The claim is fake.

The Climate Council’s fake claim was echoed by mainstream media and several “progressive” echo chambers:

  • “As bad as smoking around your kids: Gas cooking health warning” – The Adelaide Advertiser[7]
  • “”Gas in homes exposing Australian children to higher risk of asthma”” – Nine News[8]
  • “”Gas cooking at home could be causing up to 12 percent of childhood asthma burden: report”” – ABC[9]

Q. What are the actual causes of asthma?

The causes of asthma[16]Experts believe that a combination of genetic and environmental factors can cause the condition or at least make a person sensitive to asthma triggers. Other factors can include:
* family history, although no specific “asthma gene” has been found
* childhood viral infections, such as respiratory infections
* early allergen exposure
* poor hygiene

And according to Healthdirect.gov.au[17]:

What causes asthma?
You are more likely to have asthma if someone in your immediate family has asthma. A child’s risk of developing asthma is also greater if they were born premature or with low birth weight, if the mother smoked during pregnancy, if they live in a house with people who smoke, or if they have been exposed to air pollution or mould.
Healthy adults can also develop asthma after extended exposure to air pollution (such as fumes that irritate the lungs, or breathing in dusts that they’re allergic to). Even athletes can get asthma this way — for example, if they have trained intensely while breathing in polluted, cold or dry air.
Common triggers of asthma may include:
* allergens such as pollen, dust, food items and mould (allergic asthma)
* smoke from cigarettes, bushfires and traffic pollution
* other irritants such as cleaning products, perfumes, aerosol products and certain workplace chemicals
* physical activity (referred to as exercise-induced asthma)
* infection from viruses

Source: Healthdirect.gov.au

And, according to the WHO[18]:

Causes of asthma
The strongest risk factors for developing asthma are a combination of genetic predisposition with environmental exposure to inhaled substances and particles that may provoke allergic reactions or irritate the airways, such as:
* indoor allergens (for example house dust mites in bedding, carpets and stuffed furniture, pollution and pet dander)
* outdoor allergens (such as pollens and moulds)
* tobacco smoke
* chemical irritants in the workplace
* air pollution

The Mayo clinic has published some advice on how to “Allergy-proof your home”[13]

“Avoid the use of wood-burning fireplaces or stoves because smoke and gases can worsen respiratory allergies. Most natural gas fireplaces won’t cause this problem”.

Wood is favoured by Climate fanatics who name it “biomass” and classify it as a “renewable resource”.

Why are Climate fanatics publishing fake studies about Natural gas?

What is Natural gas?
“Natural gas (also called fossil gas; sometimes just gas) is a naturally occurring hydrocarbon gas mixture consisting primarily of methane, but commonly including varying amounts of other higher alkanes, and sometimes a small percentage of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, hydrogen sulfide, or helium. It is formed when layers of decomposing plant and animal matter are exposed to intense heat and pressure under the surface of the Earth over millions of years. The energy that the plants originally obtained from the sun is stored in the form of chemical bonds in the gas. Natural gas is a (non-renewable) fossil fuel[14].

There you have it: Climate fanatics don’t care about your child’s health – they only care about their fake ideology.

Do we need to worry about “renewable” sources of energy?

“Australia has proven reserves equivalent to 43.9 times its annual consumption. This means it has about 44 years of gas left”. “Share of World’s Gas: 1%”[15]

Australia has around 500 years of coal reserves.

References:

  1. “Cooking with a gas stove can have a similar impact on childhood asthma as living with a smoker”
    https://www.facebook.com/GetUpAustralia/photos/a.401481301454/10157830167521455/
  2. KICKING THE GAS HABIT: HOW GAS IS HARMING OUR HEALTH
    https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/resources/gas-habit-how-gas-harming-health/
  3. comparable, similar
    https://www.dictionary.com/browse/comparable
    https://www.dictionary.com/browse/similar
  4. SOURCES OF ENERGY USED BY HOUSEHOLDS
    https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4602.0.55.001
  5. Asthma: Key statistics and information about asthma and its prevalence in Australia
    https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/health/health-conditions-and-risks/asthma/latest-release
  6. The role of natural gas in Australia
    https://www.apga.org.au/gas-facts-and-figures
  7. “As bad as smoking around your kids: Gas cooking health warning” – Adelaide Advertiser
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/lifestyle/health/cooking-with-gas-a-health-risk-report/news-story/f89058b453ad9c30725f3292d7a66f80
  8. “Gas in homes exposing Australian children to higher risk of asthma”
    https://www.9news.com.au/national/gas-in-australian-homes-impacting-asthma-and-childrens-health/48ac8dad-3b2d-45bd-a4b1-36c790eca03b
  9. “Gas cooking at home could be causing up to 12 percent of childhood asthma burden: report”
    https://www.abc.net.au/radio/newsradio/gas-cooking-at-home-could-be-causing-up-to-12/13332102
  10. What is Asthma
    https://www.nationalasthma.org.au/understanding-asthma/what-is-asthma
  11. What is asthma?
    https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-respiratory-conditions/asthma/contents/asthma
  12. Everything You Need to Know About Asthma
    https://byjus.com/biology/asthma/
  13. “Allergy-proof your home”
    https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/allergies/in-depth/allergy/art-20049365
  14. Natural gas
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_gas
  15. Australia Natural Gas
    https://www.worldometers.info/gas/australia-natural-gas/
  16. The causes of asthma
    https://www.healthline.com/health/asthma-causes
  17. What causes asthma?
    https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/asthma
  18. Causes of asthma
    https://www.who.int/respiratory/asthma/causes/en/

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