The newly formed nonprofit is bringing the “don’t trample me down” ethos to the kitchen, taking a stand against the ongoing campaign to ban gas stovetops.
Hands Off My Stove, sponsored by the American Oil and Gas Association, was created in response to government proposals at the local, state, and federal levels to limit the stoves that Americans can use to prepare meals at home. I was.
“People are really upset about this because the kitchen is the heart of the home, where you feed your family and teach your children. We look like we are,” said Tim Stewart. , the president of the American Oil and Gas Association told Fox News Digital. “They feel it’s a gross invasion of their privacy and personal space and want someone to tell them how to fight back. This is about choice and freedom, It’s about privacy.”
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When members of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a government agency, said a ban on gas stoves was “on the agenda”, they decided to regulate and eventually eliminate natural gas-fired stoves. The move drew national attention in January. health risks they pose to consumers. However, the CPSC withdrew after public outrage and ridicule.
Shortly thereafter, the Department of Energy proposed energy efficiency regulations that authorities have found to be strict enough to cut less than 50% of gas stoves currently in use.
The Department of Energy “always proposes efficiency standards for light bulbs, washers and dryers, refrigerators, etc.,” a department spokesperson recently told Fox News Digital. “Does that mean they are going to ban those appliances? Of course not. Instead, the department is building on decades of work with the industry to ensure appliances work more efficiently. and help Americans save money.”
The department is also proposing a rule called “Energy Conservation Standards for Conventional Cooking Products for Consumers”.
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according to Hands Off My Stove websiteHowever, gas stoves are cost-effective and environmentally friendly, and any proposal to ban them violates individual rights.
“We stand up for the rights of cooks and homeowners against elitist policymakers and politicians who think they have the right to teach you how to cook dinner,” the group’s mission statement said. “We are against climate activists who believe global warming is because you made pasta last night. We ate enough and we are fighting back.” ”
Beyond the federal level, Democrat-led states and cities are considering or actively enforcing restrictions on local gas stoves as Republicans seek to sabotage such efforts at the federal level.
“While much of the public attention has focused on federal government bans on new appliances, most of the malicious activity is occurring at the local level, with environmental groups scrutinizing state and local elected officials. pressure to ban new gas connections,” Stewart said. “Hands Off My Stove is a grassroots initiative designed to not only give people a voice, but the ability to push back hard.”
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In New York, lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul are reportedly negotiating measures to ban the installation of gas stoves and other natural gas-powered appliances in new buildings and new housing construction. I’m here.
“The other side hates being ridiculed and hates being questioned,” Stewart said. We point out the hypocrisy of those who try to tell us how they think we should be living. Cereal stove user Stacey Abrams is a perfect example.”
Abrams, a failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate and a prominent voting rights activist, recently joined an environmental group pushing for a ban on gas stoves. However, she has featured a gas stove in campaign ads and other videos of her online, where she can be seen preparing meals.
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According to Stewart, Hands Off My Stove, its mission is to “defend the right to choose to prepare food the way one chooses, without government interference,” and the effort must be driven by grassroots activists. not.
“We can help get everyone started with information and ideas, but they have to take it from there,” Stewart said. There is a need and we are asking people to donate $1 a month…Over the next few weeks we will be running some great local advocacy efforts to help people choose who to do it with. But we will work to protect your right to share, and if you are at risk, you can do the same in your community.”
Over the past few months, the Department of Energy has introduced a series of energy efficiency regulations affecting a variety of home appliances such as gas stoves, ovens, washing machines, refrigerators and air conditioners. Now the Biden administration is preparing to implement a sweeping ban banning retailers from selling incandescent light bulbs.