According to memo, Biden administration was serious about banning gas stoves before public outcry

By Jen Krausz on
 February 3, 2023

Before public outcry forced the Biden administration to backtrack on its plans, it was making serious efforts to ban gas stoves because of their emissions and perceived risks to public health.

An internal memo dated in October 2022 written by Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) member Richard Trumka Jr. and obtained by Fox News Digital said, "The need for gas stove regulation has reached a boiling point. CPSC has the responsibility to ban consumer products that emit hazardous substances, particularly, when those emissions harm children, under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act."

"Emerging evidence is sufficient to conclude that gas stoves in homes emit toxic gasses that cause illness and that lower-cost, safer alternatives are available," Trumka added.

At the time of the memo, both New York and Los Angeles had banned gas stoves in new construction because of "health and inequity reasons" and the effect of emissions on climate change.

The memo suggested that a national ban could be proposed in 2023, but after the public uproar over comments Trumka made in January, Biden had to say that he didn't plan to ban them.

Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) have introduced legislation to prevent gas stoves from being banned, just in case the administration changes its mind.