In a highly controversial move, Breitbart reported this week that the Biden administration is considering a ban on indoor natural gas stoves.
Among those supporting the move is New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. However, critics say that if Ocasio-Cortez wants to get rid of gas stoves then she should start with her own kitchen.
Video shows Ocasio-Cortez’s kitchen features a gas stove
According to National Review, the left-wing lawmaker made her case against gas stoves in a tweet on Wednesday while responding to Texas Republican congressman and former White House physician Ronny Jackson.
She tweeted that “NO2 from gas stoves is linked to reduced cognitive performance,” and later provided a link to an article by Vox.
Did you know that ongoing exposure to NO2 from gas stoves is linked to reduced cognitive performance https://t.co/1bjmHqnHVa
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 11, 2023
Yet as National Review pointed out, Ocasio-Cortez recently uploaded a video to Instagram which was taken in her kitchen, and it clearly shows a gas stove in the background.
That fact did not go unnoticed by Twitter users, one of whom said he was “certain” that Ocasio-Cortez was right about gas stoves lowering cognitive performance and then proceeded to post images showing both her and Vice President Kamala Harris standing next to the devices.
I’m certain you’re right pic.twitter.com/mTCEo1TtuB
— Quoth the Raven (@QTRResearch) January 11, 2023
The gas stove controversy began after U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) head Richard Trumka Jr. told Bloomberg that the appliances constitute a “hidden hazard,” adding, “Any option is on the table. Products that can’t be made safe can be banned.”
In it’s article, Bloomberg linked to a study which concluded that pollutants emitted by gas stoves contribute to respiratory disease risks.
Administration backs off on possible ban
Yet Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers vice president Jill Notini told the publication that much of the respiratory hazard actually comes from burning food matter, something which also occurs with electric devices.
She suggested that the focus should be on improving indoor air quality in general, saying, “Ventilation is really where this discussion should be, rather than banning one particular type of technology.”
Jackson was not alone in voicing opposition to the proposed ban, with Alabama Republican Rep. Gary Palmer pointing out in a tweet that “over 40 million American households use gas stoves.”
National Review noted how the Biden administration has since backed off on talk of a gas stove ban but CPSC still plans to hold a public comment period on the alleged dangers of their use.