After claiming reports that the Biden regime was out to ban natural gas-burning stoves, a federal agency has now moved closer to doing that very thing, despite the fact that a large plurality of Americans use them.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has submitted a formal request for information regarding the potential health risks of gas-powered stoves, further indicating that the United States may be progressing toward prohibiting the use of such appliances under the Biden regime, according to The Epoch Times.
“This RFI does not constitute or propose regulatory action, but rather is intended to inform the Commission and the public,” the request states -- which, of course, is a lie. The entire purpose of this 'fact-finding' is to justify banning gas-powered stoves. The fact of the matter is, there are no substantial "health risks" to these stoves, especially nowadays because technology has made them so much more efficient.
The request states that it is seeking input and “proposed solutions” from stakeholders such as “consumers, manufacturers, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and researchers on chronic chemical hazards associated with the use of gas ranges," according to the outlet.
The recent action by the federal agency comes only two months after its commissioner, Richard Trumka, Jr., indicated that a ban on gas stoves might be forthcoming.
“This is a hidden hazard. Any option is on the table. Products that can’t be made safe can be banned,” he told Bloomberg News on Jan. 9.
After the commissioner's remarks, which included a suggestion in late December of a complete ban, there was an influx of negative reactions, primarily from Republican lawmakers. In a joint letter with other Senate Republicans, Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-W.Va.) requested answers from the CPSC, The Epoch Times noted.
“According to the Energy Information Administration, over one-third of U.S. households use gas stoves. Consumers have chosen their home appliances based on numerous factors, including upfront price, operating costs, maintenance costs, and convenience. Gas stoves tend to result in lower utility bills than their electric counterparts. Gas stoves are also generally more durable, with fewer parts being susceptible to breakages or other defects. A ban on these stoves would therefore likely result in higher utility bills, disproportionately affecting low-income populations," Lummis’ Jan. 19 letter stated.
CNN reported that the White House on Jan. 11 told it Biden “does not support banning gas stoves,” adding that the CPSC, “which is independent, is not banning gas stoves.”
Further reports from Fox News disclosed that Trumka Jr. had circulated an internal memo in October 2022 indicating that a ban on gas stoves might be suggested.
“The need for gas stove regulation has reached a boiling point,” he wrote in the memo.
“CPSC has the responsibility to ban consumer products that emit hazardous substances, particularly, when those emissions harm children, under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act," he claimed.
“There is sufficient information available for CPSC to issue an NPR in FY 2023 proposing to ban gas stoves in homes,” Trumka further claimed. NPR means “notice of proposed rulemaking.”
Two senators -- Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) have introduced legislation that would block the CPSC from banning the stoves.
The Epoch Times noted further, however:
The CPSC isn’t the only Biden administration agency that has trained its sights on gas stoves. The Department of Energy on Feb. 1 proposed a rule that could outlaw a sizable fraction of gas stoves.
Democrats are working daily to literally destroy our country and our economy.