Cuộc chiến bếp gas ở Mỹ

ủy ban An toàn sản phẩm tiêu dùng (cpsc) cân nhắc cấm các loại bếp dùng khí đốt tự nhiên (là "mối nguy hiểm tiềm ẩn")
Americans’ right to cook on an open gas flame has turned into a red-hot culture war issue. Conservatives are gearing up for a War of the Cooktops – and unfortunately, some Democrats aren’t helping.

Some five decades’ worth of studies have found that gas stoves are hazardous (nguy hiểm) to human health, with a recent one suggesting that gas stoves in US homes may be to blame for nearly 13% of childhood asthma (hen suyễn) cases. Gas stoves are bad for the environment, too, powered as they are by fossil fuels.

This has led to some liberal cities – Berkeley, California, and New York City – to mandate that some new buildings use electric over gas. But the blistering gas stove dispute really ignited when a commissioner at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Richard Trumka Jr, told Bloomberg that gas was a “hidden hazard” and that when it came to banning gas stoves, “any option is on the table. Products that can’t be made safe can be banned.”

Cue rightwing firestorm.

Multiple prominent conservatives and rightwing politicians tweeted some version of “You will have to pry my gas stove from my cold dead hands.” Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, tweeted the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag with a gas stove in the place of the snake. Representative Ronny Jackson of Texas worried himself about the day “the maniacs in the White House come for my stove”.

Others claimed that Democrats were hypocrites, pointing to a video of the first lady, Jill Biden, cooking on gas. “Can’t wait to see the headlines when Feds raid Jill Biden’s private home to confiscate her criminal gas stove,” one rightwing agitator tweeted.

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