A Top Biden Official Admits Lack of Knowledge on Electric Stove Installation
In a recent Congressional testimony, Geraldine Richmond, the Department of Energy Under Secretary for Science and Innovation, revealed that she lacks basic knowledge about installing electric stoves in homes. This admission came as she defended the Department of Energy’s proposed regulatory crackdown on gas stoves and promotion of electric alternatives.
During the hearing, Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) challenged the notion that the proposed rule should not be considered a gas stove ban. He pointed out that only 4 percent of current gas stovetops on the market meet the new rule, leaving 96 percent non-compliant. Perry also highlighted the financial burden of installing electric stoves, especially for lower-income households.
Rep. Perry emphasized the complexity of installing electric stoves, including the need for a 220 line and potential risks of electrocution. He questioned whether the Department of Energy had considered the installation costs in their estimated efficiency savings. Perry argued that the new rules would force people to buy more expensive stoves when their existing ones break down.
Despite claims of supporting consumer choice, Ms. Richmond’s responses failed to convince Perry and other Republicans on the committee. They argued that the proposed appliance efficiency standards would disproportionately burden lower-income families.
Debating the Gas Stove Ban
The discussion during the hearing also touched on the characterization of the proposed rulemaking as a gas stove ban. Democrats, including Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), dismissed these claims and insisted that no one is taking away gas stoves. However, the Gas Stove Protection and Freedom Act, which aimed to prevent the Consumer Product Safety Commission from banning gas stoves, passed the House with bipartisan support.
While the debate continues, it is clear that the proposed regulations on gas stoves and the push for electric alternatives have sparked controversy and concerns about affordability and consumer choice.
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