A pair of Republican state lawmakers in Florida are fighting back in President Joe Biden’s war on gas stoves.
State Sen. Jay Collins of Tampa and Rep. James Buchanan of Osprey recently filed a bill that prohibits bureaucratic restrictions on major appliances such as gas stoves.
The conservative website Florida’s Voice reported that Collins and Buchanan acted in response to the Biden administration saying a gas-stove ban was under consideration.
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“The government should not be in the business of prohibiting safe and necessary appliances, especially appliances that are efficient and powered by clean, reliable natural gas,” Collins said in a statement.
“We’re standing up for Floridians, and we’re aiming to keep government out of their homes and out of their pocketbooks.”
The lawmakers’ one-page bill clearly states: “A municipality, county, special district, or other political subdivision of the state may not enact or enforce a resolution, ordinance, rule, code, or policy or take any action that restricts or prohibits or has the effect of restricting or prohibiting the use of any major appliances, including a stove or grill, which use the types of fuel sources of energy production which may be used, delivered, converted, or supplied by the entities listed in subsection.”
The statute cited in their measure governs natural gas suppliers.
According to the outlet, Florida Natural Gas Association President Dale Calhoun said more than 700,000 homes statewide will be “grateful for the protection this legislation provides.”
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As The Free Press recently reported, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission this week asked the public to expose “hidden hazards in their homes” as caused by “the emissions from gas stoves.”
That appeared ahead of a proposed rule cracking down on sales of gas stoves.
In a report last month, Biden’s Energy Department stated that “roughly half of all gas stoves on the U.S. market today would not meet its proposed cooking appliance efficiency regulations.”
“As a result, those stoves would not be eligible for purchase.”
CPSC Commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. ignited the controversy by claiming in January, “Any option is on the table. Products that can’t be made safe can be banned.”
In his statement, Buchanan noted, “Policies that restrict utility options will only hurt businesses and citizens. Banning natural gas in California has led to rolling blackouts.”
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“Here in Florida, we’re taking a more thoughtful approach when it comes to energy,” he added.
“We have a strategy to support our residents, power our economy and preserve our environment, and that includes natural gas. This legislation will ensure that local governments can’t take these important matters into their own hands,” Buchanan said.
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