Gas stoves debate explodes in Washington


Sometimes it takes just a hint of gas to cause a massive flame.

That’s what happened this week after a federal appointee floated a hypothetical ban on gas stoves. The comment ignited a swift backlash from Republicans — prompting some in the GOP to vow to defend their fossil-fuel-powered appliances with their lives, while conservative publications ran headlines like “Biden’s War on Gas Stoves.”

Never mind that President Joe Biden and his agencies aren’t proposing any stove bans (although a number of liberal state and city governments are).

In a matter of days, those blue-flamed cooktops have become emblems of the partisan battle over the future of the nation’s energy. Add them to the GOP’s long-running list of icons of American life they say Democrats are gunning to outlaw or…

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