Joe Biden made it clear from his first day in office that he was going to change America’s energy policy. He canceled the Keystone pipeline and did everything he could to cripple the American energy sector. Now that the world is at peace—with Russia in Ukraine and China about to be in Taiwan—and the United States’ economy is thriving while our southern border is completely secured, the Biden Administration needed a new villain. Fortunately one was readily available . . . our appliances.
First, the Biden Administration claimed that gas stoves are dangerous and should be banned. The call to ban gas stoves was inspired by a study that attributed “13 percent of U.S. childhood asthma cases to gas-stove use. The group behind that study, the Rocky Mountain Institute, has partnered with the Chinese government to engineer an ‘economy-wide transformation’ away from oil and gas.” So basically, the Chinese Communist Party is driving our energy policy.
After the kerfuffle over whether or not the administration wanted to ban gas stoves, Biden claimed he was against such a ban, per the AP in January of this year.
Now, however, the Department of Energy is taking the lead (and the heat, so to speak) through new regulations. The Department of Energy’s new rule would impose extreme regulations on the performance standards of gas powered stoves. It “sets requirements for gas cooktops at the maximum technologically feasible or ‘max-tech’ level. Based on the Department of Energy’s own analysis, gas cooktops at the max-tech level represent only 4% of current stoves. Any rule that causes 96% of the products available today to be eliminated from the market is an . . . outright ban on gas stoves.”
So while Joe Biden does not openly support a ban on gas stoves, his Department of Energy needs only to issue new guidelines that would ban 96 percent of all gas stoves. If you have cooked on both a gas and an electric stove, you know what the difference is. Gas is so much more efficient and faster. Even the Sierra Club disagrees with the Biden Administration, stating that “a gas stove is better than an electric stove in terms of total energy consumption.”
But let’s not stop with dictating how you cook your food. How about the way you cool your home during the summer? The Department of Energy has proposed new regulations that would require more than 21 million U.S. households to replace their air conditioning units. Meeting the new air conditioning regulations would “cost manufacturers a total of about $82.1 million” to meet new compliance requirements, per the Hill. One hopes voters in the southwestern United States are paying attention to these new requirements.
But wait! There’s more. The Department of Energy is also working on new regulations for “clothes washers and refrigerators,” even though “many critics see this as federal overreach and unnecessary given that the industry has improved technology without government intervention.”
These new regulations should be of concern to all Americans. They are reflective of the Biden Regime’s approach to governing: If we can’t get a law through Congress, or if openly advocating it proves politically unpopular, we will simply implement new regulations through the bureaucracy. They have done this with guns and now they are doing it with home appliances.
We must resist these fascistic tactics. I recommend some peaceful civil disobedience. I personally am going to cook a meal that takes three hours on my gas stove and, even though it is still cold in Chicago, I am going to crank my air conditioner down to 65.