In a heated Twitter exchange on Tuesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) attempted to defend President Biden’s planned ban on gas stoves, only to come under fire from cynical internet users. Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) declared he would “NEVER” give up his gas stove, prompting AOC to tweet, “Did you know that ongoing exposure to NO2 from gas stoves is connected to lower cognitive performance.”
The congresswoman’s attempt at retaliation, however, backfired as her critics — largely politicians and right groups — piled on quickly.
Max Avery, a former candidate for the Arkansas state legislature, made a joke that said “is this an attack on @GordonRamsey.”
Did you know that using gas as opposed to electricity makes it much more difficult for the government to arbitrary cut off your access to power? questioned Virginia Republican Delegate Nick Freitas. Or is there really a point to that?
Rep. Matthew Leber of South Carolina quipped, “Interesting, I didn’t know anything in the White House ran off gas.”
Brandon Morse, the deputy managing editor of RedState, questioned, “What company is paying you to say that?”
The Libertarian Party of Illinois’ Twitter account questioned, “This is a ‘issue’ you genuinely find serious?” January fools’ joke?
“Crazy! Similar to how regular exposure to Washington has been shown to impair cognitive function, which you consistently display, the national Libertarian Party account shot back.
Other commentators found images of AOC and Kamala Harris using gas stoves, as well as images of Jill Biden, the first lady, who appeared to be preparing some spinach on a gas stovetop.
According to Bloomberg, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is mulling a nationwide ban on the gas appliances after recent studies revealed that the gadgets’ emissions can lead to respiratory and health issues.
According to CPSC Commissioner Richard Trumka Jr., “This is a concealed hazard.” “Every choice is available. It is possible to outlaw products that cannot be rendered safe.
Gas stoves, which are used in nearly half of US homes and the majority of New York City apartments, release pollutants like nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and fine matter at levels so high that the Environmental Protection Agency and World Health Organization deem them unsafe. This is according to reports by organizations like the American Chemical Society and the New York University Law School’s Institute for Policy Integrity.
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