Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration is considering a nationwide ban on gas stoves over claims they emit “harmful pollutants.”
According to a report by Bloomberg, Biden officials claim that a ban on the appliances being used in American homes “is on the table.”
The far-reaching admission was made by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) commissioner Richard Trumka Jr.
Trumka reportedly told Bloomberg that gas stove appliances are a “hidden hazard” that “can be banned.”
“Any option is on the table,” Trumka told the outlet during an interview.
“Products that can’t be made safe can be banned.”
Trumka also stated the agency would consider placing emissions standards on the appliances if they can not ban the manufacturing or import of gas stoves, Bloomberg reported.
Trumka and the CPSC have received significant backlash over the idea due to the approximately 40 percent of Americans who use gas stoves in their homes and the bureaucratic effort it would take to apply those changes.
“Over 40 million American households use gas stoves. This type of power should never have been given to unelected bureaucrats and it is time for it to end,” Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) tweeted in response to Trumka and the CPSC’s idea on Monday.
After receiving heat from Palmer and others on social media, the agency commissioner backtracked on the consideration.
“To be clear, CPSC isn’t coming for anyone’s gas stoves. Regulations apply to new products,” the Biden official said in response to Palmer.
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To be clear, CPSC isn't coming for anyone's gas stoves. Regulations apply to new products.
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— Commissioner Rich Trumka Jr. (@TrumkaCPSC) January 9, 2023
The Bloomberg report cited studies that indicate gas stoves emit toxins such as nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and fine particulate matter at levels that are linked to respiratory illness, cardiovascular problems, cancer, and other health conditions. The studies were from the Institute for Policy Integrity and the American Chemical Society.
Recent peer-reviewed research also shows that 12 percent of childhood asthma cases in the U.S. were linked to gas stoves, the outlet noted.
A Washington-based trade group, representing various gas manufacturers such as Whirlpool, is opposed to a nationwide ban on gas stoves, noting that any type of cooking stove or appliance will produce harmful emissions.
“Ventilation is really where this discussion should be, rather than banning one particular type of technology,” Jill Notini, a vice president with the Association of Home and Appliance Manufacturers, told Bloomberg.
“Banning one type of a cooking appliance is not going to address the concerns about overall indoor air quality,” Notini added.
“We may need some behavior change, we may need [people] to turn on their hoods when cooking.”
Near the end of December, multiple Democrat representatives and senators sent a letter to CPSC chairman Alexander Hoehn-Saric asking the agency to take action against gas stoves, stating black, Latino, and low-income households “experience disproportionate air pollution” compared to other households.
The letter was signed by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Rep. Don Beyer Jr. (D-VA), Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), and multiple other Democrat congressional members.
Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis fired back at the Biden admin over the news.
He argued that the Biden admin is considering the ban to meet the “green agenda” goals of Klaus Schwab’s World Economic Forum.
“You see, the Biden administration wants to nix gas stoves,” Gov. DeSantis said during a press conference in Bonita Springs, Florida.
“Are you kidding me?
“I want gas stoves,” DeSantis added.
“How many people had the hurricane come through, didn’t have power right away, but were able to turn on [their stove]?”
“Davos policies are DEAD ON ARRIVAL in Florida!” @GovRonDeSantis BLASTS Klaus Schwab and the World Economic Forum and Biden’s plan to ban Gas Stoves in the U.S. making every American dependent on the Government-Controlled Power Grid! pic.twitter.com/ZTTCfkjpzQ
— Chris Nelson 🇺🇸 🏝 (@ReOpenChris) January 10, 2023