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Biden Administration Retreats from Proposed Gas Stove Ban

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is considering a national ban on gas stoves due to harmful pollutants they emit, however, Commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. appointed by Biden, denied the report and stated that the appliances are a “hidden hazard”, according to an article published by Bloomberg News on January 9, 2023.

Trumka said products that can’t be made safe can be banned, but later clarified that any new regulation would only apply to new appliances, KGO-TV reports. Rep. Gary Palmer criticized this, saying that power should not be given to unelected bureaucrats. Trumka responded with a “Thanks for your interest!”

The CPSC spokesperson stated that regulations only apply to new products, based on the article published by Latin Post on January 11, 2023, and that there is support available for those who choose to switch from gas to electric, including a rebate of $840 through the Inflation Reduction Act.

Palmer expressed concern about the potential power of unelected bureaucrats in making such decisions and called for limiting the control of the Biden administration on American’s lives and decisions.

Gas stoves emit pollutants like nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and fine matter at levels considered unsafe by the Environmental Protection Agency and World Health Organization.

Studies also linked the use of gas stoves to respiratory illnesses, cardiovascular problems, cancer and other health conditions. The CPSC plans to open a public comment period on the initiative this winter.

The CPSC plans to gather public input on gas stove hazards and solutions later this year. Staff also continues to work with industry groups on gas stove emissions and hazards. Any potential ban or regulation is likely to face legal challenges.


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