Vice President Kamala Harris faced criticism on social media after sharing a Thanksgiving photo featuring herself and second gentleman Doug Emhoff in front of a gas stove, amid the Biden administration’s earlier proposal to ban gas appliances.
The controversy stems from a February proposal by the Department of Energy (DOE) to establish new energy efficiency standards for gas stoves in the U.S. The Biden administration had considered a nationwide ban on gas stoves, citing a disputed December 2022 study alleging their link to nearly 12.7% of childhood asthma cases, as reported by The Daily Caller.
The administration’s appliance regulations intensified with the DOE mandating new standards for home gas furnaces to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The rule, set to take effect in 2028, requires residential furnaces to achieve a 95 percent annual fuel efficiency rating.
Several administration critics pointed out the discrepancy.
“Is that a gas stove?” Rep. Mike Collins, R-Ga., asked.
“Kamala Harris uses a gas stove. Kamala also says you shouldn’t use a gas stove. What would you call Kamala?” conservative Paul Szypula wrote.
“Is that a gas stove? Sure is. @FBI you may want to arrest her. She’s damaging the climate,” another wrote.
“Nice gas stove!” America First activist Laura Loomer posted.
“Nice gas stove, coming from the people who want to ban gas stoves,” another account noted.
The DOE, in its efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, has proposed or finalized regulations for 24 appliances, leading to concerns from the American Gas Association (AGA). The AGA fears that the regulation could make 40-60 percent of gas furnaces non-compliant in households.
Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm defended the move, stating that it aligns with Congress’s direction to review and establish energy standards for household appliances. Granholm emphasized the administration’s commitment to saving money for Americans and promoting healthier communities through energy efficiency actions.
In a letter to the DOE in June, the AGA argued that gas furnaces are generally more cost-effective and efficient than their electric counterparts. The Biden administration has allocated $225 million to support state and local governments in implementing building codes favoring electrification over gas-powered appliances.
Additionally, the administration proposed shutting down gas generators once they reach specific emission thresholds, requiring homeowners to install new equipment for gas exhaust, a move criticized by the AGA for potentially being costly for consumers.
Harris’s Thanksgiving photo reignited discussions about the Biden administration’s stance on gas appliances and the ongoing debate between efficiency measures and the affordability of energy options.
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The Biden administration also announced a new proposed rule going after water heaters in July to curb greenhouse gas emissions, as well as proposing new rules in March for refrigerators and laundry machines that could impose billions of dollars of costs on consumers.
The push to crack down on appliance efficiency standards is part of a broader push by the Biden administration to electrify all appliances in pursuit of its climate agenda.