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Joe Biden Is Coming for Your Gas Stove

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Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden speaking with attendees at the 2019 Iowa Federation of Labor Convention hosted by the AFL-CIO at the Prairie Meadows Hotel in Altoona, Iowa.

Turning Off the Blue Flame – Government Efforts to Ban the Gas Stove: You may want to cook with gas, but the federal government may want to put out the flames.

I’m talking about the Biden administration’s yearning to ban new gas stoves from purchase.

This has to do with the government’s effort to squelch the production of natural gas to alleviate climate change.

It all started when a bureaucrat said that gas stoves are unsafe and could be on the chopping block.

Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC) member Richard Trumka Jr. displayed the latest sign of government overreach by stating a ban on new gas stoves was a “real possibility.”

The Bureaucracy Is Aligned Against Gas Stoves

Of course, the American people were having none of it.

The resulting outcry forced the Biden administration to backtrack saying it had no such desire to limit gas stoves.

“I am not looking to ban gas stoves and the CPSC has no proceeding to do so,” CPSC Chair Alex Hoehn-Saric said to the Associated Press.

But the CPSC is still asking for information about the safety of gas used in cooking.

Gas Stoves Lead to Poor Air Quality and Asthma Is Some Kids

The CPSC thinks that the gas could create dangerous air quality issues inside homes, even though people in the United States have been cooking with gas for decades with no ill effects.

However, there are studies that have investigated the extent to which natural gas releases nitrogen oxides that negatively affect breathing.

Environmental advocate Food and Water Watch said that gas stoves causes one in eight cases of childhood asthma.

They also believe that natural gas releases methane that can cause climate change.

Department of Energy and Gas Stoves

This is why the federal government’s Department of Energy (DOE) has become involved in the regulation of gas stoves.

The DOE believes that regulations overseeing stoves should be more punitive than those that are electric.

This rulemaking could end up with cost increases for new gas stoves. Stoves may have a maximum temperature rule that would affect how you cook your favorite dish.

Think Tank Analyst Writes that This is Part of the War Against Climate Change

Ben Lieberman of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, writing for Fox News, said the Biden administration is vilifying any use of natural gas by the American people. “Natural gas is a fossil fuel and thus a target of the Biden administration’s ‘whole of government’ prioritization of climate change which includes favoring electricity over natural gas in homes,” he wrote.

Stopping All Natural Gas in Homes

This transition into electricity-only in homes is becoming more widespread as federal and state governments are cracking down on natural gas hookups.

These bureaucracies are trying to get occupants of new homes and buildings to have no choice but to use electricity and not natural gas.

You May Get a Rebate for Buying an Electric Stove

Moreover, homeowners are being incentivized by the Inflation Reduction Act to buy electric stoves instead of gas.

There is a new $840 rebate if you buy an electric stove.

Lieberman believes it is only a matter of time before the Environmental Protection Agency gets involved in the regulation that would create even more bureaucratic hassles for families who wish to cook with gas. “What is clear is the fanaticism with which the Biden Administration is pursuing its climate agenda, and that gas stoves remain in the crosshairs,” according to Lieberman.

Joe Biden and the Democrats Want Your Gas Stove

Most Americans believe they should have the freedom of choice when living in their own homes. Cooking with gas is American as making an apple pie. People serious about cooking often prefer gas to electric.

Most people are fine to be able to choose to have their homes powered by solar energy, but the climate police are not satisfied with that, they want to prevent you from buying the kind of stoves that you want, all in the name of climate change and consumer safety based on a few studies that could be dubious in nature.

So, you chefs that prefer cooking on gas stoves may have to pay more for this type of cooking or have fewer models to choose from.

The Biden administration has made its intentions clear, bow down to the religion of climate change or face consequences.

People with gas stoves may find themselves in the minority someday.

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Author Expertise and Experience: 

Serving as 19FortyFive’s Defense and National Security Editor, Dr. Brent M. Eastwood is the author of Humans, Machines, and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an Emerging Threats expert and former U.S. Army Infantry officer. You can follow him on Twitter @BMEastwood. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and Foreign Policy/ International Relations.

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Now serving as 1945s New Defense and National Security Editor, Brent M. Eastwood, PhD, is the author of Humans, Machines, and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an Emerging Threats expert and former U.S. Army Infantry officer.