The United States Oil and Gas Association gave a scathing review to the Biden administration's green energy policies recently, stating that the organiztion will be pushing a message of “keep your hands off our stoves" in response to a possible gas stove ban.
In an interview with Just the News, U.S. Oil and Gas Association President Tim Stewart called a potential gas stove ban an invasion of "personal space" that "really bothers people."
"The kitchen is the epicenter of everybody's home," Stewart said.
"It's where parents teach their kids. You gather around the center island and eat together. This is a place where all the teaching takes place. And this green movement is knocking on our front doors and working its way to the center of our houses," he added.
Despite the circulating news that a gas stove ban would soon be on the table for the Biden administration, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Chair Alexander Hoehn-Saric said in a statement in January 2023 that he is not seeking to ban gas stoves.
"Research indicates that emissions from gas stoves can be hazardous, and the CPSC is looking for ways to reduce related indoor air quality hazards. But to be clear, I am not looking to ban gas stoves and the CPSC has no proceeding to do so," Hoehn-Saric said.
However, the pro-gas association will be doing its best to garner consumer support with new messaging, as approximately 38% of American households have a gas stove, according to 2023 data from Statista.
The Department of Energy policy would ban "84% of the gas stoves that they're testing as not being efficient enough," Stewart said.
"The crappy gas stoves that you and I had in our college dorm rooms might make the cut. But the high-end Viking and subzero ranges, they're not going to make the cut under this DOE proposal. And according to that 84% test, it will save people $4 a year, that's their estimate. So it's not about savings, not about health, it's about control," he continued.
The association president also claims that the energy department also pushes for regulations at the city level, nudging lawmakers and city councilors to seek bans on natural gas in new construction projects.
"They're trying to put the squeeze where even if I did have to replace a stove, or if I'm building a new house I couldn't find a stove ... it doesn't matter, because I can't get a new gas line coming in. And that's really what they're trying to do," Stewart claims.
Stewart encourages a grassroots-level regulatory battle in favor of his industry, a struggle he says he is excited for.
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