As next year’s presidential election draws near, the Biden administration is trying to carry out a suite of energy and climate priorities that are already drawing attacks from Republican lawmakers.
Among the administration’s goals are regulating natural-gas-burning stoves and methane emissions, speeding up the deployment of clean energy projects, cleaning up planet-warming pollution from buildings and protecting public lands in Alaska, where the White House recently green-lighted a massive oil project.
Relighting the stove wars: The Energy Department’s goal of finishing a rule to cut asthma-inducing pollution from gas stoves by the end of 2024 has added fuel to a firestorm of conservative pushback.
The proposal, which could torpedo half the gas stove models on the market, has prompted House Republicans to pass a bill that would block the regulation and “any substantially similar rule.” On Tuesday, 29 House Democrats joined Republicans to pass a separate measure that seeks to block the Consumer Product Safety Commission from regulating gas stoves. Neither bill is likely to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate.