FIRST IN THE DAILY ALERT – President Joe Biden’s administration has signaled action against gas stoves before saying it is not considering a ban. The gas stove regulation will affect the way Americans cook their Christmas dinners.
The Heritage Foundation’s watchdog project filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit Wednesday to reveal the administration’s communications on the matter. (The Daily Signal is the news publication of The Heritage Foundation.)
“Much like the way the Grinch took everything from the citizens of Whoville around Christmas, the Biden administration wants to regulate every aspect of your life, down to what type of stove you cook your family’s Christmas dinner on,” Kyle Brosnan, head of the Oversight Project attorney, told The Daily Signal in a statement Wednesday. “We’re suing to see exactly what those plans are.”
The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission signaled action against gas stoves in January. Richard Trumka Jr., a committee member and son of the former AFL-CIO general secretary, told Bloomberg: “This is a hidden danger. Every option is on the table. Products that cannot be made safe may be banned.
Trumka also distributed a note titled “[Notice of Proposed Rulemaking] A ban on gas stoves is proposed (indoor air quality).’
Aleksandar Hyon-Sharic, the commission’s chairman, issued a statement a few days later denying any intention to ban gas stoves.
“In the last few days, there has been a lot of attention on emissions from gas stoves and the Consumer Product Safety Commission,” Hoehn-Sarich said. “Research shows that emissions from gas stoves can be dangerous, and the CPSC is looking for ways to reduce the associated risks to indoor air quality. But to be clear, I do not want to ban gas stoves, and the CPSC has no procedure to do so.
However, Trumka’s comments sparked serious debate, and the US House of Representatives passed a bill that would prohibit the commission from regulating or banning gas stoves. The legislation, which passed with some Democratic support, did not receive a Senate hearing.
In February, The Heritage Foundation filed a Freedom of Information Act request for all commission records related to the Trumka memo and gas stoves between Dec. 1, 2021, and Jan. 8, 2023. It also sought communications with Biden’s office on the matter.
Although the commission initially promised in February to deliver the requested records, it had not turned over any gas stove records as of Thursday. The commission sent a June 21 letter explaining that officials had identified “approximately 5,000 pages of emails” and estimated that “it will take approximately 6-9 months from today’s date for officials to review all records and process them prior to release.”
The oversight project also applied for a fee waiver, which the commission denied.
That delay in producing documents, along with actions like fee waivers, violates the Freedom of Information Act, the Oversight Project argued.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, asks the court to order the commission to search the records and order the commission to produce relevant documents within 20 days of the court’s order or such other date as the court determines appropriate. He’s also asking the court to award attorneys’ fees to the project and block the commission from assessing fees or costs for providing the records.
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