If this doesn’t make a lot of Americans understand the conservative agenda items seeking smaller government, less powerful government agencies and reduced federal regulation, nothing will.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is opening a period of public comments on the “dangers of gas stoves.” An estimated 40% of the public uses gas stoves. Most restaurants use gas stoves; some foreign cuisines, like Chinese varieties, depend on them. Nobody has complained noticeably about gas stoves being deadly in the 200 years they have been in use. Never mind: CPCP commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. told Bloomberg News, “This is a hidden hazard. Any option is on the table. Products that can’t be made safe can be banned.”
How are gas stoves “unsafe”? The EPA and WHO say they “emit pollutants including nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and fine particulate matter” above levels deemed acceptable. The sudden rush to ban the stoves appears to have been triggered by (or was waiting around hoping to find such a claim as) a single study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Of course, the Climate Nazis have been agitating about gas stoves on the sidelines for decades, which, they say, “jump-starts childhood asthma, increases the risk of respiratory problems, and emits planet-warming gasses.” Naturally, then, the mainstream media can be expected to cheer-lead the latest government effort to use the environment as an excuse to control American lives and choices just a bit more, because they know best. The Washington Post’s climate change propagandist gave her seal of approval yesterday.
Don’t worry about the extra costs of getting those electric ovens, she assures us. After all,
…the Inflation Reduction Act, a landmark climate bill passed last year, includes cash to help low- and moderate-income households move away from their gas stoves. Starting later this year, millions of Americans could get up to $840 off the cost of an electric or induction stove.
Inflation reduction! Landmark! Hand-outs for low- and moderate-income households, as long as they spend the money on what they’re told to! National debt? What’s that? Nah, the mainstream media isn’t pimping for the Democrats! Why would anyone think that?
I don’t use a gas stove, so the loss of one wouldn’t affect me one bit. But the motives, process, and blatant regulatory over-reach this proposal represents is one more piece of evidence, as if more was needed, what a threat to basic liberty and qualify of life the current iron-boot-clad Democratic regime poses to the nation. It seems obvious that this is one more attack on fossil fuels—gas stoves use natural gas—and like most of the other attacks, based on weak science and poor reasoning. Electric stoves require fossil fuels too, after all.
When I went to work for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., I discovered that fighting government agency regulations was the primary mission of the association at the time. I has a college and law school degree and was an American government major. I had been in the work force for seven years. Yet I knew nothing about the issue, how regulatory agencies work, their ever-expanding power, their ridiculous redundancy and the manner in which they effectively bypass the separation of powers, checks and balances, due process and the restraints on government power mandated by the Constitution. Working at the Chamber was quite an education, one that my standard education in public schools and private institutions completely failed to provide.
I strongly suspect that most of the American public is at least as ignorant as I was of the means by which a government seeks to constrain personal liberties based on flimsy evidence assessed by ideologues and low level career bureaucrats on a partisan mission. They better figure it out quickly.