Biden White House says it does not support gas stove ban
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The White House does not support a ban on gas stoves, an official said Wednesday, as concerns about indoor air pollutants from the appliances made headlines.
Bloomberg reported earlier that the US Consumer Product Safety Commission was considering a ban on gas stoves because the devices can emit pollutants that cause respiratory and health problems.
Commissioner Richard Trumka Jr., a Biden appointee, told Bloomberg that “every option is on the table” as the agency works to create regulations that would make the products safer. “Products that cannot be made safe can be banned,” said Trumka.
Approximately 35% of U.S. homes have gas stoves that reportedly release carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and other substances that the World Health Organization and EPA have deemed unsafe because they can cause cardiovascular problems, cancer, and other conditions. other health.
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Yohanny Cespedes prepares breakfast on her gas stove, September 12, 2019, in Lawrence, Massachusetts. (Angela Rowlings/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) (Photo by Angela Rowlings/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images / Getty Images)
Trumpka’s remarks sparked a firestorm of controversy and drew a response from commission chairman Alex Hoehn-Saric, who denied the agency is continuing to ban gas stoves.
“Research shows that emissions from gas stoves can be dangerous, and the CPSC is looking at ways to reduce the risks associated with indoor air quality. But to be clear, I’m not looking to ban gas stoves and The CPSC has no action to do so,” Hoehn-Saric said in a statement.
He added that the commission is “researching gas emissions in stoves” and said the CPSC will accept public comments on “potential solutions” sometime in the spring.
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Trumka walked back his comments on Twitter on Monday, writing that the agency is “not coming for anybody’s gas stoves.”
“My guiding duty is to protect consumer health and safety. Gas stoves can emit dangerous levels of toxic chemicals — even when not in use,” Trumka tweeted in part, adding that the agency “will consider all approaches to regulation.”
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A person lights a gas burner inside a domestic kitchen in Barcelona. (Davide Bonaldo/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images/Getty Images)
A White House official told FOX Business that banning gas stoves should not be on the table, but would not say what regulations — if any — they would support for gas stoves.
The American Gas Association ripped the Biden administration for banning gas stoves, calling the idea “reckless” and part of a “misguided agenda.”
“A December 2022 report in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health linking natural gas cooking to asthma is not supported by sound science,” the AGA said in a news release Tuesday.
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“Any discussion or continuation of the claims in this report which is funded by non-governmental organizations to further their agenda to remove consumer energy choice and the option of natural gas is reckless,” AGA said.
Daniella Genovese and Sarah Rumpf of FOX Business contributed to this report.