Democrat Senator Macho Joe Manchin ripped the Biden administration for its recently imposed environmental regulations, arguing that eliminating simple appliances like gas stoves does nothing to push change toward a cleaner environment.
Manchin blasted Biden's Department of Energy for its proposed efficiency and conservation standards on household appliances that would ban most gas stoves.
"You cannot eliminate your way to a cleaner environment," Manchin hammered.
"It's not going to work. It's not feasible. It won't be done. The rest of the world won't follow, and Asia is going to produce about 90% of all pollution in the next 10 years. It's where all the pollution is coming from. Innovation is the only way to go. If you want a clean environment, then you have to do it through technology and innovation," Manchin said.
"The House of Representatives passed the Gas Stove Protection and Freedom Act by a 240-180 vote on Tuesday. The bill prevents federal funds from being used to 'regulate a gas stove as a banned hazardous product' under the Consumer Product Safety Act, along with preventing federal funds from imposing or enforcing a rule 'that would otherwise result in a prohibition on the use or sale of gas stoves in the United States or would otherwise substantially increase the average price of gas stoves in the United States,'" the Washington Examiner reported.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Manchin together introduced a similar bill in February, but it has not been voted on in the chamber.
Manchin has been confident the bill will receive support necessary to get the legislation to reach President Joe Biden's desk.
"Telling me I can't buy something because you want the market to change and switch to something different and it's not going to have a relevant change in the environment is absolutely ridiculous. That's when you're going to get all the pushback. I'm going to be pushing back," said Manchin.
"I can assure you in our committee, we're not supporting any of the craziness," he continued.
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