AOC’s Ludicrous Claim About Gas Stoves Ignites Immediate Backlash

AOC's Ludicrous Claim About Gas Stoves Ignites Immediate Backlash

( – Earlier this week, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced it was looking into the harmful effects of gas stoves. It would recommend possible actions by March 1, 2023, including a possible ban. The announcement sparked some outrage from people who love their appliances. Then, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) jumped into the fray, and things went downhill from there.

CPSC Commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. spoke with Bloomberg on Monday, January 9, about the potential hazards and commented that “products that can’t be made safe can be banned.” The next day, Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) tweeted in opposition to the possible measure, telling the White House to “COME TAKE IT!!” Many share the sentiment — they don’t want to give up their stoves.

Then AOC retweeted his post, asking if he understood the dangers of nitrogen dioxide (NO2). She specifically said the gas was “linked to reduced cognitive performance.” Her statement sparked an immediate backlash from other social media users. When she stuck to her guns, politicians, actors, and activists turned up the heat. One asked how many gas stoves she had, and another said, “Dems are literally insane.”

All the focus on gas stoves comes from various studies showing that they emit NO2 and carbon monoxide. The studies mentioned a possible correlation between the air pollutants and childhood asthma and other respiratory ailments. They don’t mention a relation — speculated or otherwise — to cognitive decline.

Trumka later clarified his statement by saying the agency wouldn’t take existing stoves, used in approximately 35% to 40% of American homes. He pointed out the regulations would only apply to new appliances, and there would be incentives to encourage people to switch to electric stoves.

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