Sen. Lummis, Colleagues Demand Answers from CPSC on Gas Stove Ban

 Rep. Cynthia Lummis
Rep. Cynthia Lummis (KGWN)
Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 5:51 PM CST
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WASHINGTON, DC. (Press release) -Today, U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) led a letter along with nine of her colleagues to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) demanding answers on Commissioner Richard Trumka’s desire to ban gas ranges and stoves. Sen. Lummis sent this letter after several people in Wyoming reached out to her office with concerns about the potential ban and the impacts it would have on people throughout the state.

“People in Wyoming should have the choice over what kind of appliances they have in their homes, and I share their concerns over this potential ban. Gas stoves and ranges are cheaper, more durable, have lower utility bills, and are less likely to result in a cooking fire than an electric stove,” said Sen. Lummis. “I’m concerned the CPSC is trying to push the Biden Administration’s anti-American energy agenda by banning an everyday appliance people in Wyoming rely on for cooking meals for their families.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 24% of homes in Wyoming have a gas stove or range. Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Deb Fischer (R-NE), John Boozman (R-AR), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Tim Scott (R-SC), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) joined Lummis in highlighting the many benefits of gas stoves in their letter.

Dear Chair Hoehn-Saric, We write to express our strong opposition to reporting that certain members of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may seek an outright ban on gas ranges and stoves. We also request additional information about the CPSC’s plans regarding this proposed action. On January 9, Bloomberg published an article outlining Commissioner Trumka’s desire to see gas stoves banned. Since that time, our offices have fielded numerous calls from concerned constituents worried that they may not be able to purchase a new gas stove for their home moving forward. We were pleased to see your statement from January 11 that you are “not looking to ban gas stoves” at this time. However, given the uncertainties that Commissioner Trumka’s comments have created, it is our hope that by getting additional information, we can better understand how the CPSC plans to move forward on this issue.

According to the Energy Information Administration, over one-third of U.S. households use gas stoves. Consumers have chosen their home appliances based on numerous factors, including upfront price, operating costs, maintenance costs, and convenience. Gas stoves tend to result in lower utility bills than their electric counterparts. Gas stoves are also generally more durable, with less parts being susceptible to breakages or other defects. A ban on these stoves would therefore likely result in higher utility bills, disproportionately affecting low-income populations. Additionally, a 2020 report from the National Fire Protection Association found that “households that used electric ranges showed a higher risk of cooking fires and associated losses than those using gas ranges.”

Like the CPSC, our desire is to ensure that consumer products are as safe as possible. Home appliances are some of the most expensive purchases that our constituents make each year, and those products must be designed first and foremost with safety in mind. However, we remain concerned about regulatory overreach from federal agencies. By denying consumers choice, the CPSC deciding to ban gas stoves would distort the marketplace and ultimately raise costs for consumers. Rather than pursuing this outright ban, we believe it would be most appropriate for the CPSC to gather additional information on the scope of the problem and, if appropriate, work with manufacturers to ensure that these stoves are as safe as possible. We appreciate the work that CPSC does on behalf of American consumers. We respectfully request a response to this letter by January 27 that outlines how the CPSC plans to move forward in regards to potential regulations of gas stoves.