Biden admin rule would ban 50% of gas stoves

FILE - In this file photo, a gas-lit flame burns on a natural gas stove. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle, File)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new Biden administration rule on cooking appliances would effectively ban half of all gas stoves on the U.S. market from being sold, according to an Energy Department projection first reported by the Washington Free Beacon. 

In an analysis published in February, President Joe Biden’s Energy Department acknowledged that roughly half of all gas stoves on the U.S. market today would not meet its proposed cooking appliance efficiency regulations. 

The Energy Department’s admission comes roughly one month after U.S. Consumer Product Safety commissioner Richard Trumka Jr., a Biden appointee, said a gas stove ban was “on the table.” “This is a hidden hazard,” Trumka Jr. said. 

After Trumka’s comments prompted a political firestorm, both the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the White House walked back the threat, with Biden press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre assuring Americans “the president does not support banning gas stoves.” The Energy Department’s new rule and subsequent analysis, however, contradict that statement, the Free Beacon reported.