Vice President Kamala Harris has come under scrutiny on social media after sharing a Thanksgiving post featuring her and second gentleman Doug Emhoff posing next to a gas stove, seemingly contradicting the Biden administration’s earlier consideration of a potential ban on gas stoves.
In the post on X, Harris extended Thanksgiving wishes, saying, “From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.” However, several conservatives, including Rep. Mike Collins, R-Ga., former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and America First activist Laura Loomer, pointed out the presence of a gas stove in the photo.
The controversy is rooted in the Biden administration’s previous contemplation of banning gas stoves over health concerns, as mentioned by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s leader, Richard Trumka Jr. Trumka clarified later that the ban would apply only to new products, not existing stoves. Although the idea of a ban was abandoned, a subsequent Department of Energy (DOE) regulation proposed stringent energy efficiency standards for gas stoves.
In March, the House of Representatives, with support from several Democrats, approved an amendment introduced by Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Ala. The amendment prevented the DOE from imposing strict regulations that most existing stoves on the market would not meet. The bipartisan vote of 251-181 saw 29 Democrats aligning with the GOP in favor of the amendment.
Approximately 38% of American households, or around 40 million, use natural gas for cooking. Despite social media criticism and questions about the apparent contradiction in the vice president’s Thanksgiving post, both the White House and the vice president’s office refrained from responding to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment on the matter.
Kamala Harris uses a gas stove.
Kamala also says you shouldn’t use a gas stove.
What would you call Kamala? pic.twitter.com/1mck0TdF3t
— Paul A. Szypula (@Bubblebathgirl) November 24, 2023
Fox News does entire segment, filled with lies, tearing into Kamala Harris for having a gas stove. (Video: Fox News) pic.twitter.com/O8B2FqSuoZ
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) November 25, 2023