Shortly after a Biden administration official boasted about how the federal government might ban gas stoves for being “unsafe,” the White House reassured the public that no such ban was in the works.
We warned readers at the time not to believe such reassurances because “once this sort of train starts moving there is often no stopping it.”
That was in early January. It took less than a month for the Biden administration to prove us right.
Earlier this month, the Department of Energy released a proposed rule that, if implemented, would essentially regulate gas stoves out of existence.
The new proposed rule comes despite the fact that the same federal department had decided in the past that – aside from an existing ban on always-lit pilot lights – efficiency mandates on gas stoves didn’t make much sense, since all they do is burn natural gas.
But Biden’s regulators decided to ditch common sense, insisting that appliance makers could squeeze out more heat through new designs.
The industry, which knows a thing or two about building appliances that customers want and can afford, recognizes BS when it sees it.
“This approach by DOE could effectively ban gas appliances,” Jill Notini, a vice president of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, told Bloomberg. “We are concerned this approach could eliminate fully featured gas products.”
She says that 95% of the market would not meet the proposed levels.
Why the attack on gas stoves? Because they burn gas. And no matter how efficient they are, climate change fanatics will push to get rid of them because and only because of that.
But rather than admit this upfront, Biden officials keep trying to sneak their radical agenda through by claiming it’s all about “safety” or “efficiency.”
As Karen Harbert, president of the American Gas Association, put it, “We are concerned that this is another attempt by the federal government to use regulations to remove viable and efficient natural gas products from the market.”
The Biden administration says not to worry because even though the gas stove rule would impose huge costs, consumers will all save money in the long run.
This is, if you will excuse the pun, textbook gaslighting. One of the “benefits” the Department of Energy includes in its calculation is the “social cost” of carbon dioxide, a fiction that the left wants to use to justify a virtually unlimited number of cumbersome, intrusive new rules.
So, is this attack on gas stoves just a case of regulators running amok? Don’t believe that for a minute.
As David Blackmon rightly observes in Forbes, “regulatory actions such as this one … seldom germinate up organically among the career bureaucracy; most often, they are the result of lobbying efforts from outside interest groups. This is no secret.”
It might not be a secret to those who know how Washington works these days. But it is a secret to the vast majority of Americans who could one day wake up and be told that they can no longer purchase gas stoves, or gas-powered cars, or any other product the left deems impermissible.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board