Fox News reports that an old photo of First Lady Jill Biden cooking on a gas stove has gone viral.
That’s because the photo emerged amid recent reports that President Joe Biden’s administration is thinking about banning such stoves.
The news that the Biden administration is considering banning gas stoves was first reported by Bloomberg.
A federal agency says a ban on gas stoves is on the table amid rising concern about harmful indoor air pollutants emitted by the appliances. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission plans to take action to address the pollution, which can cause health and respiratory problems.
The news sparked a backlash with many pushing back against the gas stove ban. Critics, among other things, pointed out how long such appliances have been in use as well as how widespread gas stove usage is.
Some on the political right, such as U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX), the former White House physician, tweeted:
I’ll NEVER give up my gas stove. If the maniacs in the White House come for my stove, they can pry it from my cold dead hands. COME AND TAKE IT!!
Others on the political left, however, such as U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), seemed to come out in support of the ban. “Did you know that ongoing exposure to NO2 from gas stoves is linked to reduced cognitive performance?,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
It was as all of this was going on that the photograph of First Lady Jill Biden emerged.
The photograph shows Biden cooking spinach in a frying pan on top of a gas stove. Take a look:
— Dr. Jill Biden (@DrBiden) September 2, 2020
According to Fox News, the photograph is from September 2020. It was posted by Jill Biden to her Twitter account. The question – “what are you cooking tonight? – was directed to Canadian chef and TV personality Antoni Porowski.
Biden, to say the least, was heavily criticized for the photograph in light of Bloomberg’s report that her husband is looking to ban gas stoves. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) captured the essence of the criticism, writing, “Rules for thee, but not for me.”
After all the criticism, it appears that the Biden administration is now backing away from the idea of banning gas stoves.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chair Alexander Hoehn-Saric tweeted:
To be clear, CPSC isn’t coming for anyone’s gas stoves. Regulations apply to new products. For Americans who CHOOSE to switch from gas to electric, there is support available – Congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act which includes a $840 rebate.