(Headline USA) The Biden administration unveiled new environmental regulations this week that reveal its next target: air conditioners.
The regulations, proposed by the Energy Department on Thursday, would create new energy efficiency standards for window air conditioning units and portable air cleaners. The standards will help reduce the nation’s carbon emissions by 106 million metric tons over the next three decades, the department claimed.
“Today’s announcement builds on the historic actions President Biden took last year to strengthen outdated energy efficiency standards, which will help save on people’s energy bills and reduce our nation’s carbon footprint,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a statement.
Granholm said the department will “continue to engage with our public and private sector partners to finalize additional proposals like today’s that lower household energy costs and deliver the safer, healthier communities that every American deserves.”
The rule for room air conditioners will go into effect in 2026, while the rule for air cleaners will be implemented in 2024.
The move comes on the heels of the Biden administration’s efforts to ban gas stoves — also for environmental reasons.
In January, the head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission admitted the agency is considering an outright ban on new gas appliances following studies that showed emissions from the appliances can be harmful.
“This is a hidden hazard,” CPSC Commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. told the outlet. “Any option is on the table. Products that can’t be made safe can be banned.”
The Biden administration received plenty of pushback, including from Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who called the potential ban a “recipe for disaster.”
“The federal government has no business telling American families how to cook their dinner,” Manchin wrote on Twitter. “I can tell you the last thing that would ever leave my house is the gas stove that we cook on.”
The Biden regime also made a move against washing machines with proposed restrictions that industry experts contended would increase prices and make Americans dirtier.