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Biden Administration did consider banning gas stoves, memo shows

By Christopher Kirkman
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February 4, 2023

The Biden administration considered banning gas stoves before ending the move after widespread criticism from Americans, according to a new memo.

The October memo obtained by Fox News revealed a proposal to ban gas stoves due to potential emissions harm to children.

The details

"The need for gas stove regulation has reached a boiling point," Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Richard Trumka Jr. wrote in the October memo.

"CPSC has the responsibility to ban consumer products that emit hazardous substances, particularly, when those emissions harm children, under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act," it added.

The memo also argued that safer alternatives were available, though it did not explain which alternatives would fill the void created by the potential ban.

"Emerging evidence is sufficient to conclude that gas stoves in homes emit toxic gasses that cause illness and that lower-cost, safer alternatives are available," Trumka added.

Some Dem cities already pushing ban

A handful of large Democrat-led cities are already pushing for a gas stove ban, including Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and New York City.

"New York City is proof that it’s possible to end the era of fossil fuels, invest in a sustainable future, protect public health and create good-paying jobs in the process," former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in December 2021.

"If the largest city in America can take this critical step to ban gas use, any city can do the same," he added.

Former Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) also signed an ordinance on his final day in office in January that requires new buildings to be completely electric.

"Today, we write a new chapter in building a more sustainable, equitable and just future for all Angelenos," Garcetti said in a statement. "We are putting communities first and walking lighter on this land."

Not so fast

Many Americans have spoken out against the gas stove ban, including an unlikely alliance between Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (WV) and Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

The two senators introduced the Gas Stove Protection and Freedom Act on Thursday to stop the effort to ban gas-powered stoves.

“I’ll tell you one thing, they’re not taking my gas stove out,” Manchin said at a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday. “My wife and I would both be upset.”