A natural gas stove ban floated by a U.S. consumer protection agency caught fire on both sides of the aisle this week.
Now, agency officials with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are disavowing the proposal loosely floated by its members.
The back story: The issue of natural gas stoves up for debate for a potential ban has been in the as commissioner Richard Trumka, Jr. brought it to the table in an interview with Bloomberg News earlier in the week.
- Republican lawmakers were left in dismay and great disapproval of these bans and regulations and vowed to fight against any potential for these bans.
- Democratic lawmakers too disapproved of the ban as well with concerns that government may be overcontrolling its citizens if bans such as these take place.
What’s next: The message was cleared up by CPSC Chairman Alexander Hoehn-Saric by sharing the next course of action to fight gas emissions and protect the health in our homes.
What they’re saying: “I am not looking to ban gas stoves and the CPSC has no proceeding to do so,” said in Hoehn-Saric in a statement. He later clarified that the commission is “researching gas emissions in stoves and exploring new ways to address health risks”
“It is about telling the American people the federal government knows best and will decide what kind of car they can drive, how they can heat their house, and now how they’re allowed to cook food for their families,” said House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.). “Energy and Commerce Republicans will hold President Biden accountable for his war on American energy and bring down energy costs.”
“This is a recipe for disaster. The federal government has no business telling American families how to cook their dinner,” said Sen, Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) who fought back against the gas stove ban mentioning “If this is the greatest concern that the Consumer Product Safety Commission has for American consumers, I think we need to reevaluate the commission.”