Gov. DeSantis doubles down on defense of gas stoves

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'Don't tread on Florida' applies to kitchen appliances as well.

Florida’s Governor is reheating his attacks on a proposed federal ban on gas stoves, even as momentum toward that has cooled off.

“When we say don’t tread on Florida or let us alone, we mean that, including on your gas stoves! You’re not taking our gas stoves away from us. That’s your choice! I know many people who cook a lot who do not want to part with their gas stoves,” said Gov. Ron DeSantis Thursday at a press conference in the Villages.

“We’re going to stand up for that. You know, they float this to try to do, and they want to do it, let’s just be honest. And then you start to see the narrative kick into gear. CNN segments saying it’s causing asthma in kids, and all this other stuff. And then they start propagating the narrative, but then they got blowback, so they’ve kind of had to retreat from that,” DeSantis added.

“And now the narrative machine is like ‘Oh, why are these conservatives talking about gas stoves! They’re trying to stoke issues.’ No. You were trying to do it and we’re fighting back. The bottom line is anything they can get away with, they’re going to get away with. And this is just a perfect example of that.”

Despite DeSantis’ framing, the federal government has pushed back hard on reports that any ban is forthcoming.

The controversy was stirred up following comments from Richard Trumka Jr., a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commissioner, who said, regarding safety concerns about gas stoves, “Any option is on the table. Products that can’t be made safe can be banned.”

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has since said Trumka’s comments were his own and did not signal a change in U.S. policy. And even Trumka stated that he was only referring to potential new sales, and was not suggesting outlawing existing gas stoves.

DeSantis’ stirring defense of the newly controversial kitchen appliances comes one day after a spokesperson declared a “win” on the issue, in the wake of the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission’s clarification.

Gov. DeSantis had turned up the heat on the matter during an in-state press conference after initial reports on the issue broke, saying that gas stoves were essential in the wake of hurricanes like those Florida experienced last fall.

“The (JoeBiden administration wants to nix gas stoves, are you kidding me? Like we need, I want gas stoves. I mean, imagine how many people, had the hurricane come through, didn’t have power right away, but were able to turn on. You cannot go down this road, but that’s exactly what they want to do,” DeSantis lamented.

Ahead of the reversal, others in the DeSantis orbit offered similarly grim warnings, including former spokesperson Christina Pushaw, who framed a potential gas stove ban as embodying the collectivist spirit of the USSR.

“Biden will ban gas stoves for normal people. Not for elites. This is Soviet America: Rules for thee, not for me,” Pushaw tweeted Tuesday morning.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been the Northeast Florida correspondent for Florida Politics since 2014. He writes for the New York Post and National Review also, with previous work in the American Conservative and Washington Times and a 15+ year run as a columnist in Folio Weekly. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Vince Edwards

    January 12, 2023 at 11:17 am

    Why can’t the Governor tell people to just turn on their kitchen fans when they are cooking with gas. That’s what Consumer Reports recommends. Stop with all the drama already.

    • Ronald Crump

      January 13, 2023 at 9:29 am

      One of the greatest saftey features of owning a gas stove/rangetop combination which most Americans are not even aware of is that if you like to get your kitchen stool and stand on it then pee on all four lit burners at the same time its totally safe each and every time. Now if you try that with your electric stove the 240 Volt electric current will pass up your stream of pee and immediatly kill you grave yard dead. We have lost far and away too many Americans due to this known defect in electric stoves which the Biden Administration has been slow to enact safety regulations on.

  • Oh My Goodness!

    January 12, 2023 at 11:39 am

    Wow, what a leader! /s Just the kind of leadership we need. A regular Abraham Lincoln! This guy is such an empty suit. He will be exposed in the 2024 primary process and will not win the nom. Take it to the bank.

  • SteveHC

    January 12, 2023 at 12:29 pm

    Who needs a gas stove when you can do all the cooking you want with all of the hot air coming from this guy’s mouth.

  • Linda Brown

    January 13, 2023 at 10:39 am

    Joke. Don’t tread on me. As if Freedom for anyone is his real objective. He doesn’t want freedom he wants control… of everything, everyone does. He wants to tell people who to date, whether to vaccinate your kids, whether you even have children or how many, what you can say, what you should not say. He wants to tell parents how to raise their children, what their children can watch and or read. He wants to tell Universities with ADULTS in them, what they are allowed to learn. In fact he does not want OUR kids going to university at all, only his kids and their friends. He wants his constituents kids to work in low paying jobs and trades so his kids can be in private, elite schools and lord it over the serfs in his state. In other words freedom only applies to his freedom to tell you and your family how to live or to not take measures to protect yourself from diseases, and die since he has no interest in anyone living but his cronies and himself, all whom were first in line for vaccines. Meanwhile please ignore your power bill going up 4 times in a year, your auto insurance doubling, your home insurance going up by 500% and the 100 other ways he is allowing his constituents to be shafted.

  • Ordi Nario

    January 13, 2023 at 11:17 am

    Don’t Tread on my Gas Stove; you’ll burn your feet!. I really feel sorry for the folks who live in Florida and have to listen to the nonsense Gov. Disingenuous spews forth every time he opens his trap. Sadly, its spilling over to the rest of us.

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