A newly created non-profit brings the “don’t tread” spirit to the kitchen, taking a stand against an ongoing campaign for Ban gas stoves.
The Hands Off My Stove program is sponsored by the American Oil and Gas Association and was created in response to proposals from the government in Local, state and federal level To restrict which stoves Americans could use in their homes to prepare their meals.
“People are really upset about this because the kitchen is the center of everyone’s home — it’s where we raise our families and where we teach our kids and people see this as environmentalists kicking in their doors and gossiping about them in front of the government,” Tim Stewart, president of the American Oil and Gas Association, told Fox News Digital. “They feel like it’s a flagrant violation of their privacy and personal space, and they want someone to tell them how to fight back. This is about choice and freedom, and it’s about privacy.”
The push to regulate and eventually eliminate natural gas stoves gained national attention in January, when a member of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a government agency, said bans on gas stoves were “on the table” because of the health risks they pose to consumers. . However, the CPSC backed down after public outcry and ridicule.
Shortly thereafter, the Department of Energy proposed energy efficiency regulation Officials acknowledge that it is so strict that less than 50% of gas stoves in use today will trigger a cut.
The Department of Energy “proposes efficiency standards all the time — for light bulbs, washers and dryers, refrigerators, and more,” a department spokesperson recently told Fox News Digital. “Does that mean they’re coming to ban these devices? Of course not. Instead, the administration is building on decades-long efforts with industry to ensure our devices work more efficiently and save Americans money.”
The department also proposed a rule called “Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer Conventional Cooking Products”.
according to Hands Off My Stove websiteHowever, gas stoves are cost-effective and environmentally friendly — and suggestions to ban them infringe individual rights.
“We defend the rights of chefs and homeowners from elitist policymakers and politicians who believe they have the right to tell you how to make dinner,” says the group’s mission statement. “We’re fighting back against climate activists who think global warming is happening because you made pasta last night. We’ve had enough, and we’re fighting back.”
Outside of the federal level, states and cities led by Democrats think or implement local activism Gas stove restrictions The Republican Party seeks to thwart such efforts at the federal level.
“A lot of public attention has focused on the federal government banning new appliances, but most of the nefarious activity is happening at the local level as environmental groups push state and local elected officials to ban new gas connections,” Stewart said. “Hands Off My Stove is a grassroots effort designed to give people the power to not only have a say but also the power to push hard.”
In New York, lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul were reported to have attended Negotiating a measure to ban gas stoves And other natural gas-fired appliances from installation in new buildings and new residential buildings.
“The other side hates being laughed at and hates being questioned,” Stewart said. “So, our messages will be funny and powerful without being mean. We will point out the hypocrisy of those who keep trying to tell us how they think we are supposed to live. Stacy Abrams, serial burner user, is the perfect example.”
Abrams, the failed gubernatorial candidate for Georgia and a prominent voting rights activist, recently joined an environmental group seeking to ban gas stoves. However, she is It features a gas stove In the campaign ad and in other online videos where she can be seen preparing food.
According to Stewart, Hands Off My Stove, whose stated mission is to “preserve our right to choose to cook our meals the way we want without government interference,” should lead its efforts with grassroots activists.
“We can help everyone get started and give them information and ideas, but they have to take it from there,” Stewart said. “It really should be a grassroots effort and we’re asking people to pay $1 a month… Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be running some great local advocacy efforts and protecting people’s right to choose that and share it with everyone. They can do the same in their community if they want to.” are at risk.”
Over the past several months, the Department of Energy has introduced a series of energy efficiency regulations affecting various home appliances such as gas stoves, ovens, clothes washers, refrigerators, and air conditioners. Now the Biden administration is preparing to implement a A comprehensive nationwide ban that would prevent retailers from selling incandescent bulbs.