Biden official who pushed to ban gas stoves calls anger ‘misdirected’
US Consumer Product Safety Commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. pushed back against the firestorm over his comments about the ban on gas stoves created, calling the anger “misdirected”.
“When you learn shocking new information about something you’ve known for a long time — maybe your whole life — you can never predict people’s reactions,” he said. said. “And there’s going to be justifiable anger, and sometimes it’s misdirected,” he told The Washington Post.
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Trumka was nominated by President Biden in 2021 and is the son of union leader, Richard Trumka, longtime chairman of the AFL-CIO.
Biden’s official admitted to the newspaper that his job and experience as a father made him “paranoid” about everyday dangers.
“It’s very easy to see how dangerous everyday things can be,” Trumka told the outlet, later adding, “I’m much more paranoid than the average person.”
But the Biden official hoped the national gas stove debate would make more people aware of how their indoor appliances could cause health risks due to pollution.
“People have this information and can make choices for themselves at this point,” Trumka told the newspaper. “It’s fantastic.”
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The Post noted that the Consumer Product Safety Commission is in the “very early stages” of determining regulations on new gas stoves, after “years of research” found they emit carbon dioxide. ‘nitrogen.
But at the request of Fox News Digital, the government agency could not provide specific studies supporting these claims to justify a ban on these products.
Bans on stoves have begun at the local and state level. New York Governor Kathy Hochul has proposed abolishing the sale of gas-powered appliances and banning their installation in new buildings by 2025.
Democrats and far-left environmental groups are pushing to regulate several other home appliances, from water heaters to ovens, washing machines to microwaves and showerheads in their quest to steer Americans away from fossil fuels.
“We’re actually going to make 100 rules this year alone on appliances,” former White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy said during a speech last May. “We are developing partnerships on how we work together for new building standards.”
But when news broke earlier this month that the Biden administration was considering banning gas stoves, it sparked a backlash from the public, restaurant owners and Republicans who slammed the move as a example of government overreach.
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Fox News’ Kristen Altus and Thomas Catenacci contributed to this report.