An internal memo circulated in October 2022 showed that the President Joe Biden administration wanted to ban gas stoves before backing off on those plans due to public backlash.
Richard Trumka Jr., a Biden appointee to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), told Bloomberg News in January that “any option is on the table” in regards to the regulation of gas stoves, which triggered a news cycle about banning them.
“Products that can’t be safe can be banned,” Trumka said at the time.
The administration quickly backtracked on the idea, with Biden saying he didn’t favor banning gas stoves and CPSC Chairman Alexander Hoehn-Saric saying he was not “looking to ban gas stoves.”
Memo proves administration’s intention
The media quickly jumped on board, with the New York Times running a headline that stated, “No, Biden Is Not Trying to Ban Gas Stoves.”
But an October 25, 2022 internal memo by Trumka showed that the administration was considering a ban very seriously, based on faulty science that they cause dangerous emissions, especially for children.
The memo was titled “NPR Proposing Ban on Gas Stoves (Indoor Air Quality).”
In it, Trumka wrote, “The need for gas stove regulation has reached a boiling point. CPSC has the responsibility to ban consumer products that emit hazardous substances, particularly, when those emissions harm children, under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act.”
“There is sufficient information available for CPSC to issue an NPR in FY 2023 proposing to ban gas stoves in homes,” he concluded.
Ignoring advantages of gas
As the media pointed out amid the backlash, 100 cities have already banned the appliances in new construction, but mostly because of perceived “inequities” of some sort.
Most notably, Los Angeles and New York City have banned the stoves in new construction, even though up until a few years ago they were considered top of the line for modern kitchens.
Because gas stoves run on gas, they are typically more energy efficient and less expensive to run than electric stoves. Not only that, but they can run even when electric power is out, making them ideal for areas with frequent power outages.
Environmentalists don’t like them, however, because of their reliance on natural gas, which is a fossil fuel some think may be banned itself in a few years if green activists have their way.
Until that becomes more of a reality, however, gas stoves are likely here to stay if the American public has anything to say about it.