White House defends kitchen appliance energy efficiency crackdown

The White House is standing by its new kitchen appliance energy efficiency standards, covering gas and electric stoves to oven ranges, which received bipartisan criticism for overreaching.

“The Department of Energy today, they finalized a congressionally-mandated energy efficiency standard for residential cooking,” press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Monday. “It’s going to reduce household utility costs, while improving appliance reliability and performance, which is really important.”

The standards are based on a joint recommendation “from a wide range of stakeholders,” including the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers and Consumer Federation of America, according to Jean-Pierre. She dismissed concerns regarding the cost of implementing the new rules.

“We’re talking about making sure that these products are efficient, right? Making sure that they’re working in a way that’s, that obviously will have the performance that they need, obviously protecting the environment,”
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