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Fact check: No, the White House is not trying to ban gas stoves

From Politifact:

Fox News viewers may think the government agency is preparing a plan to seize their gas stoves and ovens following comments from network host Sean Hannity.

“Now (President Joe) Biden comes not only for your paycheck, but for your stove. You understood me correctly. Hannity said January 9 during his show. “The White House is now trying to ban all gas stoves and burners, it’s like half the country.”

The Washington Post reported that 40 million US homes have gas stoves.

Prominent conservatives, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson, echoed the claim. So did Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Fox News did not respond to our request for comment. But Hannity’s remarks appear to stem from a published interview with a commissioner from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the federal agency that regulates consumer products, saying a ban on gas stoves could be considered.

Hannity’s statement mischaracterized the commissioner’s remark and missed an important context. While the commissioner did not rule out the possibility of a ban on gas stoves, he also did not say a ban was in the works.

Gas stoves emit poisonous gas during operation, especially in poorly ventilated homes. Several studies have linked gas stove emissions to increased health risks. One study found that nearly 13% of childhood asthma cases in the US are related to gas stove use.

» MORE: Childhood Asthma Study Sparks Gas Stove Controversy

There are also environmental risks. CBS News reported that a 2022 study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology found that US gas stoves release 2.6 million tons of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into the air every year.

However, commission chairman Alexander Hen-Sharik, who was nominated by Biden, said in a statement that neither he nor the safety commission is seeking to ban gas cooking appliances. …

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