Earlier this year, tempers flared over the prospect of the Biden administration banning gas stoves. Many Americans were understandably concerned about federal government agencies taking away their ability to make basic choices about which appliances they can use to prepare family dinner.
Government officials and media outlets scrambled to assure us there were no plans to take away anyone’s household appliance options. But a sustained campaign from the federal Department of Energy proposes to do just that. On behalf of the people of Tennessee, my office is standing on the front lines to oppose that federal overreach.
The administration is looking to regulate popular and necessary models of everyday household appliances – cooktops, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, clothes washers, you name it – out of existence. It will never be called a ban.
Along with my state attorney general colleagues, I have opposed these moves at every turn, fighting for Americans’ simple freedom to choose their preferred appliances. Some people may not mind longer wash times or higher prices. Others may even seek out the most environmentally friendly options. But many Americans simply want affordable models that get the job done well.
This fight on behalf of consumers is also a fight in defense of the rule of law. Congress gave the Department of Energy limited power to urge consumer energy savings and increase efficiency.
We will do the same for the new dishwasher standards. Our action comes on top of existing litigation in which Tennessee, along with a coalition of other concerned AGs, is opposing other similar instances of regulatory overreach.
I look forward to continuing the fight.