Vice President Kamala Harris was criticized for posing next to a gas stove despite the Biden administration’s recent push to ban them. Vice President Kamala Harris found herself in the midst of controversy after her Thanksgiving tweet, where she shared a photo with second gentleman Doug Emhoff, a casserole, and a gas stove, sparked a flurry of reactions on social media. Observant users were quick to point out the apparent contradiction, as the Biden administration had previously entertained discussions about banning gas stoves.
Harris, 59, faced criticism from conservatives who accused her of hypocrisy.
Vice President Kamala Harris was criticized for posing next to a gas stove despite the Biden administration’s recent push to ban them. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) remarked, “Wait…that’s a gas stove! The same kind Dems want to BAN you from owning,” echoing sentiments shared by many on social media.
Senate GOP staffer Charles Correll III joined the chorus, highlighting the perceived inconsistency in Harris’s choice of cooking appliance.
Even actor Kevin Sorbo weighed in, questioning the environmental implications: “I thought gas stoves were bad for the environment.” This commentary referenced the discussions earlier this year when a Biden administration appointee hinted at the possibility of banning gas stoves due to concerns about toxic chemical emissions.
In January, Richard Trumka Jr., a commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, sparked concerns about a federal gas stove ban. Trumka Jr. suggested that any option, including a ban, was on the table due to what he deemed a “hidden hazard” related to toxic chemical emissions from gas stoves. However, both he and the CPSC chairman later clarified that regulations would apply to new products, not existing ones.
The Biden administration distanced itself from the idea of banning gas stoves, with White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stating, “the president does not support banning gas stoves.” In June, the Republican-led House passed a bill to prevent the CPSC from finalizing any rule banning gas stoves.
In February, the Department of Energy proposed an “energy efficiency standard” for gas cooking products, sparking renewed concerns about potential bans. The DOE clarified that neither it nor the federal government planned to ban gas stoves, emphasizing the proposal’s focus on improving efficiency.
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm added insight in March, stating that the proposed rule targeted specific high-end gas cooktops with heavy grates and oval-shaped burners, claiming they emitted an excess amount of natural gas. The rule, if implemented, aims to improve efficiency and save U.S. consumers up to $1.7 billion by 2027.
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