Angry lawmakers are urging President Biden to cease all efforts by his administration to ban natural gas stoves in Americans’ homes.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans sent a letter to the president on Friday writing in “strong opposition” to reported efforts by regulators to ban natural gas appliances.
“This type of intrusion into American homes by the federal government as a means of enforcing liberal and green policies is the worst ‘nanny state,'” the Republicans wrote. “Banning natural gas stoves is not about public safety – it’s another example of government control; like other policies we’ve seen from his administration, to tell Americans what kinds of cars they can drive, how they heat their homes, and how to live. their life.”
The Biden administration caused an uproar over gas stoves earlier this week after a commissioner at the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) suggested that regulators were considering banning the appliance due to health and safety concerns. Recent reports from the World Health Organization and the Environmental Protection Agency have suggested that carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide emissions from gas stoves can cause cardiovascular problems, cancer and other health conditions.
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CPSC Commissioner Richard Trumka Jr., appointed by Biden, told Bloomberg that “any option is on the table” as the agency crafts rules to make gas stoves safer. “Products that cannot be made safe can be banned,” he said.
In the wake of that report, New York Governor Kathy Hochul, DN.Y., on Tuesday announced a plan to ban gas heating in new building construction as part of the “New York Housing Compact” – a proposal that includes banning gas stoves, hot water heaters and oil furnaces in new residential and commercial construction by 2030.
Approximately 35% of US households use gas stoves, and the Energy Information Agency estimates that over 40 million Americans use the appliance.
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The timing of Trumka’s statement and Hochul’s announcement signaled that a gas stove ban may be imminent, which led to a strong public backlash. CPSC chairman Alex Hoehn-Saric intervened and released a statement on Wednesday denying that his commission had plans to ban gas stoves.
“Research indicates that emissions from gas stoves can be dangerous, and the CPSC is looking at ways to reduce risks related to indoor air quality. But to be clear, I do not intend to ban gas stoves and the CPSC has no procedure for doing so,” Hoehn-Saric said in a statement.
The White House weighed in too, telling FOX Business that Biden does not support a ban on gas stoves.
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However, Republicans accused the president’s administration of “prioritizing the left’s environmental agenda and ignoring science at the expense of sound economic and energy policies.” They defended gas stoves as “critical during emergency situations where electric stoves are useless, such as during power outages, which have been more frequent when unreliable ‘run to green’ energy policies have destabilized our grid all over the country”.
“Anti-fossil fuel and banning natural gas ideologies are dominating the day – even in the kitchens of American homes. The people who will suffer most from these policies will be American families,” the letter states.
“We ask your administration to cease all efforts by the CPSC and any other federal agency to ban natural gas stoves and other appliances dependent on natural gas and to affirm the importance of natural gas as an affordable and reliable source of energy and heat. source for American homes, from our stoves to our furnaces,” he concludes. “This country has led the way in reducing emissions in the world, and it has done so in part because of natural gas. It is an essential energy source for America’s energy, environmental, and national security and for preserving people’s way of life. American Families…”
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In the face of questions from reporters on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre referred to Hoehn-Saric’s statement and added that the CPSC is an independent body and that the White House “is not in contact them about this particular issue”.
“The president does not support a ban on gas stoves. And the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is independent, is not banning gas stoves,” she said.
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