White House says Biden does not support ban on gas stoves

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The White House is pushing back against Republicans who have accused the Biden administration of wanting to ban the use of gas stoves in American homes.

«The president does not support a ban on gas stoves,» White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at Wednesday’s briefing. “And the independent Consumer Product Safety Commission is not banning gas stoves. I just want to be very clear on that.»

Jean-Pierre was responding to questions about a possible ban on new gas stoves, an idea raised earlier this week by Richard Trumka Jr., a member of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, who called electrical appliances a «hidden danger» in an interview with Bloomberg News.

«When it comes to the question of safety or the effect of gas stoves, that’s not something we can talk about here in the White House,» Jean-Pierre said.

However, Republican lawmakers quickly seized about comments by Trumka, a Biden candidate, and argued that the president and government bureaucrats were coming for the stoves of Americans.

The stove ban debacle has persisted even after the federal safety commission said there are no proposals to ban it. The Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Alexander Hoehn-Saric, also released a statement saying that while research has indicated that emissions from gas stoves can be dangerous, «he is not looking to ban stoves.» and the CPSC has no procedure for doing that.»

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