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Huizenga bill would protect the gas stove from federal regulators

House STOVE Act responds to Biden administration’s interest in regulating gas stove out of existence

U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, has submitted a bill that would protect the gas stove from federal regulators.

Huizenga submitted the Stop Trying to Obsessively Vilify Energy Act, or the STOVE Act on Jan. 10. The bill is just two pages, and its substance is contained in one sentence: “No federal agency may propose, implement, or finalize a rule or guidance that restricts or bans the use and purchase of gas-powered stoves, cooktops, ranges, or ovens in the United States.”

Read it for yourself: The Stove Act of 2023

Earlier in January, a commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Richard Trumka Jr., floated in a Bloomberg interview a federal ban on gas stoves.

“Any option is on the table,” Trumka told Bloomberg.

Huizenga submitted his bill in response. Four months later, the bill hasn’t been taken up for a vote. President Joe Biden’s team insisted that no federal ban was on the table.

But in February, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm proposed regulations that would lessen the availability of stoves, in the name of efficiency.

The Huizenga bill, if passed, would take federal regulators’ hands off the gas stove.

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