Wow, ~150,000 people read this thread on gas stoves.

Thousands of people said they had no idea. Many said they'd never buy a gas stove again.

Lesson learned: People care a lot more about their health than cutting carbon or saving energy.

For those working to #electrifyeverything this is so important.

Personally, I get caught up writing for and to the #energytwitter crowd too much.

Peak load this. Carbon intensity that.

The reality is that most people don't care about this stuff.
In home electrification, people care about:

- The health and safety of their family
- The comfort of their home
- A whole lot of other things...
- Saving some money on their utility bill
- More things
- And then cutting their carbon footprint.
Over the next few decades we need to electrify a little more than 100 million buildings.

And if we want to succeed we need to meet people where they are.

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Jan 14,
Well that thread certainly took off.

Lots of questions about ventilation, what monitor I used, and what you should do if you have a gas stove.

So here's... another thread 🧵

First, let's talk ventilation (i.e. range hoods, fans, etc).

The most common question I got was: "If I use my range hood am I safe?"

Yes and no.
All cooking -- whether you use gas or electric -- produces PM2.5 pollution.

Basically when you cook food, little particles that are smaller than a human hair start flying around your kitchen.

That stuff isn't good to breathe.
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Jan 13,
Over the last two months I've read dozens of studies about gas stoves and indoor air quality.

I also installed monitors in our home and ran my own tests.

Here's a thread on what I learned 🧵 #energytwitter
First, I should admit that I was skeptical about the panic over gas stoves at first.

As a climate hawk, I was focused on the emissions.

Gas stoves are responsible for 0.12% of emissions in America. I felt like we should focus on the bigger stuff (furnaces and water heaters).
But then I learned about the negative health impacts of gas stoves.

Researchers have been studying this stuff for decades. And every year, it becomes more clear:

Gas stoves produce unsafe levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2). And that causes respiratory illnesses like asthma.
Read 16 tweets
Dec 23, 2021
3 years ago I started my company, Campfire Labs, and pledged 50% of the profits to climate advocacy.

Today I just sent ~$200,000 worth of grants bringing our total giving for the year to ~$300,000.


Here are some of the orgs we gave money to this year 🧵
.@theclimatevote for grassroots climate organizing and making effective climate action easy.

Here's a thread on why I love what they're doing:
.@rewiringamerica for developing and lobbying for federal policy to #electrifyeverything

@GriffithSaul and the Rewiring team have brought a ton of people into the climate movement by creating a new story that is more motivating than the old sacrifice narrative.
Read 8 tweets
Nov 30, 2021
I analyzed ~65,000 nonprofit tax returns to see where charitable dollars go in America.

I learned that environmental nonprofits receive less than 2% of all donations.

Here's what else I learned 🧵

#GivingTuesday #energytwitter
In 2020 Americans gave $471 billion to nonprofits.

Most of those donations went to the following categories: religion, education, human services, and health.

Environmental organizations received just $8 billion (~2%) — the least amount of any category tracked by the IRS. Image
Organizations working to reduce GHG emissions received only $2 billion.

That means 0.4% of all charitable donations went to climate mitigation.

Which is a huge bummer to say the least.
Read 11 tweets
Nov 12, 2021
Most banks use your money to fund fossil fuel projects 👎

But some banks use your money to fund #climate solutions like solar ☀️

I spent dozens of hours over the last few weeks trying to find the best climate-friendly bank.

Here's what I learned 🧵
1. Most banks are still pouring trillions into fossil fuel projects.

Here's how much the top banks have lent since Paris:

@Chase: $316 billion
@Citi: $237 billion
@WellsFargo: $223 billion
@BankofAmerica: $198 billion

Source: @RAN's latest report -…
2. Where you choose to bank has a direct impact on what projects do or don't get funded.

If you bank with @Chase or @WellsFargo, your money funds more oil rigs and coal plants.

If you switch to a sustainable bank, your money funds rooftop solar, wind farms, EVs, etc.
Read 9 tweets
Nov 12, 2021
AHRI just released the latest data on heating and cooling installs.

353k homeowners installed natural gas furnaces in Sept.

Those installs guarantee ~4m tons of carbon emissions / year for the next 20 years.

That's 80m of carbon budget 🔥 in a single month.

We need to get that number to zero ASAP. But we're trending in the wrong direction.

Here are the gas furnace install numbers for the last three Septembers:

2019: 286,870
2020: 351,087 (weird year)
2021: 353,047

Here they are for the last 2 decades (note: 2021 YTD is up 30%)
Now let's look at air conditioning units ❄️

All a/c runs on electricity. That's good. But most a/c units are really inefficient. That's bad.

So in the short term, installing inefficient units is its own form of fossil-fuel lock-in.
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