Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, and millions of natural gas-cooking Americans can breathe a little easier: Both President Biden and the head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission say they have no plans to ban natural gas stoves.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said yesterday that Biden "does not support banning gas stoves." Jean-Pierre pointed to a clarifying statement by the head of the CPSC to buttress her point.
"I want to set the record straight. Contrary to recent media reports, I am not looking to ban gas stoves and the [CPSC] has no proceeding to do so," Alex Hoehn-Saric, chair of CPSC, tweeted yesterday.
In his short statement, Hoehn-Saric reasserted that "emissions from gas stoves can be hazardous," and that the CPSC is "researching gas emissions in stoves and exploring new ways to address health risks."
"CPSC also is actively engaged in 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 potential solutions for reducing any associated risks," he said.
Following the release of a highly controversial study targeting gas stoves, fellow CPSC Commissioner Richard Trumka Jr., told Bloomberg that banning the manufacture and import of gas stoves is "on the table" if they "can't be made safe."