Recently, major news outlets and social media have been full of commentary on a so-called ban on gas stoves in private homes. Here’s what the news outlets have gotten right and wrong.
Comments published by a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) official on Monday, January 9, quickly sparked concerns over a gas stove ban. While some municipalities across the nation have similar policies in place, there is no evidence that a national ban on gas stoves is coming.
The CPSC is an independent federal regulatory agency established in 1972. According to their website, they “work to reduce the risk of injuries and deaths from consumer products….” On January 11, the Chair of the CPSC, Alexander Hoehn-Saric, released a statement addressing the controversy stating, “But to be clear, I am not looking to ban gas stoves, and the CPSC has no proceeding to do so.”
Many believed the Biden Administration would be banning gas stove usage nationwide; however, in a press conference on January 11, the White House stated that President Biden has no plan to ban gas stoves.
Some cities across the nation, like Denver, Los Angles, and New York, have mandates requiring new homes and businesses to run electric appliances. Such an issue is not of concern in Texas and about 22 other states that currently have or are working to enact “preemption laws” that prohibit municipalities from banning natural gas usage.