On Wednesday, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted against the appointment of a Biden energy nominee who was set to oversee the administration’s gas stove ban. The chairman of the committee is West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin and he personally removed a scheduled vote on the nomination of Jeff Marootian. Marootian had been handpicked to head the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Manchin told Fox News:
“While I supported Mr. Marootian’s nomination in December, since then the office he’s been nominated to lead has proposed stove efficiency rules that I’ve raised concerns about,”
“While I appreciate that these rules would only apply to new stoves, my view is that it’s part of a broader, administration-wide effort to eliminate fossil fuels,” the West Virginia lawmaker continued. “For that reason, I’m not comfortable moving forward with Mr. Marootian at this time.”
The Biden Administration is considering a nationwide ban on gas stoves citing the harmful indoor pollutants released by the appliances. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is leading the way with the proposed ban because they say the pollutants can cause respiratory and health issues.
Roughly 35% of homes in the U.S. have gas stoves that, according to reports, release carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and other matter that the World Health Organization and EPA deem unsafe.
With nearly 40% of Americans owning gas stoves, this ban would be a ridiculous overreach from a far-left administration. It would put major strains on American households to replace old units only to appease the agenda of environmental fanatics. Studies have shown that ventilation is far more important than the type of appliance used and this is where the focus should be.