Gaslighting & the ‘Gas Stove’ Strategy: Start With Outrageous, Progress on the Ridiculous

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As you may know, Democrat darling, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become notorious for modeling hypocrisy. She recently took to Twitter to suggest people ditch their gas stoves. Stoves just like the one she owns. 

The Biden administration had been considering banning gas stoves over alleged health concerns and many progressives jumped on board. The one-party media says this is a non-issue, that Republicans are just trying to create a new culture war.

And that, my friend, is what they are so good at: gaslighting.

But the good news is most Americans don’t seem to be buying what the left is pedaling. Many realize proposed restrictions on natural-gas stoves are simply climate policy by another name. Radicals these days can claim practically anything and justify it because it’s bad for the earth and unhealthy for humanity, of course. 

After all, Democrat socialists and Marxists often proclaim that “climate change is an existential threat to the world.” But, gas stoves? 

I have a theory. They know it’s far reaching. The left is being outrageous on purpose so the next radical idea they push receives less resistance because it’s not quite as ridiculous. This is a tactic they’ve used again and again to wear people down and gain ground.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is considering stopping production of new gas appliances and encouraging people to discontinue using them. And naturally, it’s all under the guise of saving the environment. But over 40% of homes have gas stoves.

To force change, the commission could set standards on emissions from stoves, or even look to ban gas stove importing or manufacturing. They’ve deceptively taken it up a notch as they try selling this issue as a threat to both climate and health.

AOC tweeted:

Did you know that ongoing exposure to NO2 from gas stoves is linked to reduced cognitive performance?

She should know. She’s likely used a gas stove all her life. Ocasio-Cortez immediately endorsed the wild idea of doing away with gas stoves after a Bloomberg News reported that a ban was on the table.

Then, as the left often does, the Safety Commission quickly backtracked after the report came out and they were accused of pushing a nanny state. They assured Americans that if you like your gas stoves, you could keep it.

They sheepishly suggested a gas-stove-ban was not really being considered, though the commission still plans to hold a public comment period on the alleged dangers.

Senator Cory Booker wrote a letter to the agency last month calling the harmful gas-stove emissions a “cumulative burden” on minorities. You read that right.

New York’s Democrat governor Kathy Hochul gave an address Tuesday and announced a plan to eliminate gas heating and appliances from all construction projects by 2030. Another radical, Richard Trumka Jr. said gas stoves were creating “a hidden hazard.”

AOC even told New Yorkers to watch for future tax credits/rebates for gas-free appliances. She said last year’s Inflation Reduction Act “contains funding for a lot of different climate related rebates for people.”

These people have apparently thought this through and hatched a game plan.

But why haven’t we heard about the importance of better ventilation, for example, to improve any potential negative health effects of indoor stoves? That would be common sense.

Karen Harbert, president of the American Gas Association argued against a ban:

“The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and EPA do not present gas ranges as a significant contributor to adverse air quality or health hazard in their technical or public information literature, guidance, or requirements,”

To the power-grabbing, money-grubbing left crying environmental disaster, if it’s not coal or cows or cars, it’s gas stoves or something else they can blame to grind down the people.

Fear-monger, legislate, regulate, control.

The strategy of the left is to start with something absolutely outrageous, even demanding the impossible. Then down the road, they suggest something just a little less ridiculous and since it doesn’t seem as outlandish, there’s a bit more openness to an idea.

You may have seen the photos on line of AOC, Elizabeth Warren, “doctor” Jill Biden, and Kamala Harris in their kitchens – all of them having gas stoves!

This reminds me of the billion-dollar debacle from ten years ago when the left was all about “green” energy. Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama, Joe Biden, and many other progressives didn’t have solar panels on their homes, but pushed it on the rest of us.

They were all-in on the $535 million loan given to solar energy company, Solyndra courtesy of American taxpayers. But the solar panels failed. Solyndra and other Democrat-endorsed companies went bankrupt. I reported on the Obama/Biden green energy failures and the fact the liberal media looks the other way rather than hold Democrats accountable.

After the massive waste of taxpayer money, while campaigning for reelection in 2012, Obama and Biden told people that if they were to win a second term, their administration would continue “investing” taxpayer dollars on green energy projects. They even went on record admitting “some of the businesses we encourage” with government loans “will fail” like Solyndra.

Nothing to see here, move along. So today, the agenda hasn’t changed and they move on to the next thing.

Ben Lieberman at National Review writes:

When explained plainly, Biden’s regulatory agenda is a political loser with a public that is just not buying climate change as a serious enough problem to warrant any significant sacrifice. Even the administration’s biggest legislative triumph in this area was euphemistically named the Inflation Reduction Act, concealing the fact that it gave hundreds of billions toward green energy.

The liberal media narrative about a gas stove ban is laughable, suggesting that it’s a GOP plot to intensify the culture war. It’s as if they all get a memo from the White House and yet, too many citizens are hoodwinked by their tactics and the lies that cover them up.

It’s what they do. The problem is we fail to learn from history, fall for the deception, and end up repeating the cycle again. Keep an eye out for the next “gas stove” debate or policy change, because – it won’t be about gas stoves. Always remember, the issue is never the issue; the issue is the revolution.

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