Jennifer Granholm (Energy Secretary) admitted Thursday that she uses a gas stove.
It was mind-numbingly ironic to admit this while simultaneously defending new energy regulations. She stated that at most half of the gas stoves currently on the market would be prohibited.
Representative Dan Newhouse, a Washington Republican, asked Granholm about proposed energy conservation standards at a hearing of the House Appropriations Committee. These standards would impact gas stoves as well as electric stoves.
Granholm stated that there was “a lot of misinformation” about the standards. Granholm later downplayed its impact on stoves.
She stated, “This doesn’t affect the majority, and it certainly does not say that anyone with a stove would lose their stove.”
There is no ban on gas stoves. She said she had one. It’s about optimizing the efficiency of existing gas and electric stoves.
Newhouse said that 96% of gas stoves would be adversely affected by the new energy standards.
Granholm said that the statistic is misleading because it only considered stoves that were expected to fail. She stated that commercial stoves are more susceptible to failure than traditional cookware due to their larger burners.
She said that not all gas stoves on the market would be affected, but that it was unlikely that half of them would be.
These stoves would not be legal to purchase in the United States. It’s also not clear what the solution is for gas stoves already in use that isn’t up to the standards.
Last month, “the Consumer Product Safety Commission approved a request for public comment on gas stoves. ”
New York will be the first state in the country to ban natural gas appliances from new buildings.
Those who believe that gas appliances contribute to climate change by emitting greenhouse gases are supported in imposing bans.