Yesterday we discussed the ridiculous idea of a federal ban on gas stoves floated by Consumer Product Safety Commissioner Richard Trumka. This crazy idea was quickly panned far and wide, particularly by chefs and others in the restaurant industry. The outrage over this latest woke nonsense was great enough that it caught the attention of government officials who realized that they had clearly picked up a live political grenade and were looking for somewhere to throw it. By the end of the evening, CPSC Chairman Alexander D. Hoehn-Saric issued a “clarifying” statement, saying that he was “not looking to ban gas stoves” and his commission “has no proceeding to do so.” Perhaps government idiocy isn’t quite as bulletproof as many of us had previously assumed. (National Review)
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission chairman Alexander D. Hoehn-Saric issued a statement Wednesday assuring the public that his agency has no intention of banning gas stoves after a commission official drew the ire of the cooking public by suggesting the appliances might be banned in the near future due to the alleged health threat they pose to Americans.
“Over the past several days, there has been a lot of attention paid to gas stove emissions and to the Consumer Product Safety Commission,” Hoehn-Saric wrote in an official statement released Wednesday. “To be clear, I am not looking to ban gas stoves and the CPSC has no proceeding to do so.”
Commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. had originally told Bloomberg News that fears over air quality caused by gas stoves was creating “a hidden hazard.”
But wait… weren’t we just told that such a ban might be required for the safety of the children? What about the children? Are you just going to throw them under the bus because you realized that one of your boneheaded ideas might cost you a couple of points in your approval rating?
The entire idea sounded like nonsense from the beginning. It was based entirely on a single study produced by a group that is funded by activists seeking to ban fossil fuels. There were no doctors or subject matter experts stepping forward to defend the idea that gas stoves are somehow linked to asthma in children.
I also still maintain that there could be a financial motive involved, on top of the climate alarmist angle. With enough digging, we could probably find someone who is heavily invested in companies that produce electric stoves that was pushing this theory. The standing rules tell us to follow the money, and that never changes.
This idea blew up so quickly that even the White House was forced to condemn it. KJP said that Biden “does not support” banning gas stoves. (NBC)
“The president does not support banning gas stoves,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at Wednesday’s briefing. “And the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is independent, is not banning gas stoves. I just want to be very clear on that.”
If even Joe Biden can be forced to turn his back on the latest woke, climate panic scheme, perhaps there is still hope for our society. If enough people raise their voices in outrage over governmental nonsense and damaging policies, the ship of state can still alter course, if only slightly. Now if we could just get enough people up in arms over doctors mutilating the genitals of children. Hope springs eternal.
In case you missed it, here is a professional chef explaining to Tucker Carlson just how much of a disaster a gas stove ban would be for the restaurant industry and the appropriate steps that can eliminate concerns over air quality while cooking.