White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Wednesday urged President Joe Biden not to go after Americans’ gas stoves.
“The president is not in favor of banning gas stoves and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is independent, does not ban the use of stoves,” said Jean-Pierre.
On Monday, reported Bloomberg that such a ban was on the table, citing Biden-appointed consumer product safety commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. calling the home appliance a “hidden danger,” with new research linking gas stoves to childhood asthma.
Every option is on the table. Products that cannot be made safe can be banned,” Trumka said.
That announcement sparked a frenzy on the right, with some Republicans pointing to a 2020 tweet in which Dr. Jill Biden cooking vegetables over gas.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Wednesday urged President Joe Biden not to go after Americans’ gas stoves
“Rules for you, but not for me,” GOP Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted, sharing the photo of the first lady.
GOP Representative Ronny Jackson, a former White House physician, said he would rather die than cook with electricity.
“I will NEVER give up my gas stove. If the maniacs in the White House come for my stove, they can pry it out of my cold, dead hands. COME GET IT!!’ Jackson said.
When Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pointed out that “continued exposure to NO2 from gas stoves is linked to impaired cognitive performance,” Jackson lashed out at her — sharing a photo of the New York congresswoman’s gas stove.
AOC says gas stoves cause “impaired cognitive performance” – but does she use a gas stove? Is this a self-diagnosis?’ Jackson tweeted. “AOC, as a doctor, I can tell you this: What’s wrong with your head is NOT caused by heaters. Something MUCH BIGGER is causing your diminished cognitive function!’
A number of Republicans shared this 2020 tweet from first lady Jill Biden showing how she cooked vegetables over a gas stove
Former White House physician and Texas GOP Rep. Ronny Jackson said he prefers death to cooking with electricity
When Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pointed out that “continued exposure to NO2 from gas stoves is linked to impaired cognitive performance,” Jackson lashed out at her — sharing a photo of the New York congresswoman’s gas stove
Jackson even went so far as to put up a URL – SaveTheStoves.com — which links to a WinRed donation page, which asks visitors to sign a petition, but also signs them up for texts and phone calls from Jackson’s Congressional campaign.
“We can’t let the maniacs in the White House get away with this! Add your name to the official petition now to SAVE OUR STOVES!!’ says the website.
Before the White House briefing on Wednesday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission already tried to walk back on Trumka’s comments.
“To be clear, CPSC is not for anyone’s gas stove. Rules apply to new products,” Trumka tweeted Monday afternoon.
Alex Hoehn-Saric, the committee’s chairman, reiterated that point Wednesday morning, saying in a statement that the independent agency “not seeking a ban on gas stoves and the CPSC has no procedure for doing so.”
‘CPSC is investigating gas emissions from cookers and exploring new ways to address health risks. CPSC is also actively strengthening voluntary safety standards for gas stoves. And later this spring, we will be asking the public to provide us with information about gas stove emissions and possible solutions to reduce associated risks,” he said.