Nonprofit group “Hands Off My Stove” is pushing against government attempts to ban the use of gas stoves, aiming to create a “level playing field” for kitchen equipment.
“Our Mission at Hands Off My Stove is to preserve our right to choose to cook our meals any way we want without government interference. We are defending the rights of cooks and homeowners from the elitist policymakers and politicians who think they have the right to tell you how to make dinner,” the group says in its mission statement.
“We are pushing back against the climate activists who believe global warming happens because you made pasta last night. We have had enough, and we are fighting back.”
The nonprofit plans to oppose any regulations and policies seeking to restrict or prohibit the use of traditional gas appliances at homes and in commercial kitchens.
It will work with state and local governments to ensure the availability of gas infrastructure for Americans—a “level playing field” for all kitchen appliances.
Hands Off My Stove is sponsored by the U.S. Oil and Gas Association and is launched at a time when the federal government is increasingly moving against Americans using gas stoves at home.
In January, a member of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stated that a ban on gas stoves was under consideration. However, the agency dismissed the statement following public ridicule and outrage.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has proposed a maximum annual gas consumption limit for all gas cooking tops. The agency’s analysis of the rule’s effects states that if implemented, only half of gas cooking appliances would meet the new standard.
Gas Stove Benefits, Pushback Against Imposition
Hands Off My Stove points out that gas stoves and ovens offer unique benefits in terms of cooking performance, efficiency, heating, and affordability.
For example, natural gas is primarily methane and is a “relatively clean-burning fuel,” producing fewer pollutants like nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and sulfur dioxide. As natural gas furnaces operate at high levels of combustion efficiency, it results in lower emissions.