Kamala Harris Mocked for Thanksgiving Kitchen Photo Featuring Gas Stove
Kamala Harris’ Thanksgiving Photo
Vice President Kamala Harris posted a Thanksgiving photo on social media that featured her standing in front of a gas stove in her kitchen.
The photo was met with criticism from some online commentators who pointed out the environmental and health risks associated with gas stoves.
Republicans Seize on Photo
Republicans seized on the photo to accuse the Biden administration of hypocrisy, given that the administration has been considering a ban on gas stoves.
Some Republicans even used the photo to urge people to move to Florida, where gas stoves are not taxed.
White House Denies Plan to Ban Gas Stoves
The White House has denied that it has any plans to ban gas stoves.
However, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an independent agency, has been considering the issue of gas stove safety.
CPSC Head Warns of Gas Stove Dangers
In October 2022, Richard Trumka Jr., the Biden-appointed head of the CPSC, wrote a memo to another commissioner saying there was enough evidence for the CPSC to start the rule-making process to ban new gas stoves.
Trumka cited growing research that links gas stoves to pollutants that harm both human health and the environment.
Energy Department Proposes New Efficiency Standards for Cooktops
In February 2023, the Department of Energy issued recommendations for new efficiency standards for gas and electric cooktops.
The proposed standards would not go into effect until 2027 and would not ban gas stoves.
The debate over gas stoves is likely to continue, as there is growing evidence of the health and environmental risks associated with these appliances.
However, it is unclear whether the CPSC or Congress will take any action to ban gas stoves.