Senators Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) have jointly proposed a bill called the “Gas Stove Protection and Freedom Act” to prevent the Consumer Product Safety Commission from banning gas stoves. The bill is a response to the Department of Energy’s proposed energy conservation standard for gas stoves and electric cooking equipment.
The DOE’s proposed regulation would establish energy efficiency requirements for brand-new gas stoves, which would eventually result in their being banned. According to a commissioner at the Consumer Product Safety Commission who spoke to Bloomberg in January, a report from December 2022 indicated that the Biden administration was contemplating a gas stove ban.
Manchin spoke out against the potential ban on gas stoves while speaking on the floor. He stated that he has always been a proponent of energy efficiency, but he does not agree with the DOE’s proposed rule. He believes that the federal government should not be telling American families how to cook their dinner and that retrofitting or removing stoves that people have had for years is not going to happen.
Manchin also mentioned that he and his wife would be very upset if their gas stove was taken away. He believes that if there is new technology down the road, it is fine, but it should not be forced upon people who already have gas stoves.
The Gas Stove Protection and Freedom Act is a way for Manchin and Cruz to ensure that gas stoves are not banned. This proposed legislation is an important step in protecting the rights of American families to choose how they cook their dinner. It also shows how two senators from different parties can come together to protect the rights of their constituents.
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