In this life almost everything is susceptible to being polarized, but we did not know that even a gesture as apparently innocent as using a gas cooker it could be a thrown weapon in political terms.
However, in the United States, where everything seems possible when it comes to confronting each other in the ideological arenas, the battle now splashes into homeswhere cooking with gas or electric alternatives has begun to be tinged with political positioning.
Dressed in healthy faces that are pointing to the unhealthiness of gas in houses, due to the combustion it generates and the substances it releases (such as carbon dioxide). The problem splashed further when Richard Trumka Jr. a member of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, explained the health problems that could arise from cooking with gas in homes during a virtual presentation.
The spark was picked up by different media that used sensationalist headlines related to a hypothetical ban on gas cookers, as is the case of Bloombergwhich made the flame spread and different media, especially from the right, considered a attack on consumer rights an unlikely ban on gas cookers.
Converted into a throwing weapon that also links the presence of the gas stoves in homes to lobbies of fossil fuels and oil companiesIt seems ridiculous that the debate on gas stoves could have reached such a high profile in the United States, but it is.
So much so that the White House itself had to come out and admit that “they were not in favor of eliminating gas stoves in the United States”, although that does not mean that certain left-wing media also are initiating campaigns that advocate eradicating the gaspointing to climatic and health reasons.
This is the case in this interview conducted in slate Brady Seals, Director of the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Carbon-Free Buildings Program, to which was also seconded from Fox Newsa right-wing outlet, from some of its opinion columns such as First, Biden came for your gas stove. Next, Democrats will come for your gas heaterthat is to say, First, Biden came for your gas stove. Then the democrats will come for your gas heater.
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) announces he is adding permanent tax relief for gas stoves to his budget proposal, even though Floridians almost exclusively use electric stoves:
“[Democrats] want your gas stove, and we’re not gonna let that happen.” pic.twitter.com/2L5BN3re9C
— The Recount (@therecount) February 1, 2023
There are not a few Republican politicians who have entered the rag. “If the White House maniacs come for my gas stove,” he quickly announced on Twitter Ronny Jacksona Republican congressman from Texas, “they can take her out of my cold, dead hands.”
The Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis has gone further, announcing a permanent tax break for owners of a gas cooker. “They want to take away our gas stoves and we are not going to let this happen,” DeSantis has assured, referring to the Democrats.
The truth is the problem is not new and it is that in the United States even certain sources have pointed to the lobbies of the fossil fuel industry as responsible for ‘convincing’ citizens of the advantages of cooking with gas.
In fact, already in 2019 the Californian city of Berkeley prohibited any new construction from having a gas cooker and, since then, cities such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle – all traditionally Democratic – have also prevented newly built homes from including gas stoves, something that has also occurred in certain states such as Washington Also a Democrat.
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However, there have also been several states, generally controlled by the Republican party, that have prevented local corporations and municipalities from decide on the right to new homes with gas cookersturning into a political battle between both sides of the American landscape.
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