Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.) is sounding the alarm about links between China and an organization that has advocated against the continued use of gas stoves in the United States.
Gas stoves have been the subject of increased debate in recent weeks after a recent study linked their use with an increased risk of childhood asthma, while a government safety regulator raised the possibility of banning or more strictly regulating their use. The Department of Energy recently proposed a regulation that would prohibit about half of the gas stovescurrently on the market.
Huizenga sent a letter (pdf) to Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Monday, alleging the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)—an organization that has advocated for increased restrictions on gas stoves—has “considerable documented ties to the Chinese government.”
The Rocky Mountain Institute is an organization that advocates for the adoption of increased energy efficiency and the adoption of more sustainable business practices. RMI researchers co-authored the recent study, which found that up to 12.7 percent of childhood asthma cases could be linked to gas stove use.
RMI operates an office in China’s capital city of Beijing, and has worked with China’s communist regime on efforts to transition away from fossil fuels.
Huizenga’s letter listed a variety of instances in which officials in President Joe Biden’s administration have worked with RMI. The congressman also said White House visitor logs showed RMI officials visiting more than once in 2022, while the DOE has announced millions of dollars in grants to RMI—including as recently as February. Huizenga also cited records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request that indicated Granholm met directly with RMI CEO Jules Kortenhorst in June 2021.
“Given China’s active undermining of our nation’s energy independence, RMI’s blatant longtime connections to the Chinese government should be alarming to any member of the Cabinet. Their ties are no secret,” Huizenga wrote to Granholm.
In an interview with Fox News, Huizenga said, “The Biden Administration has not been honest with the American people about its desire to ban gas stoves.”
“I remain deeply concerned that the Biden Administration has granted elevated access to an entity with Chinese ties in pursuit of a radical energy agenda that will raise costs on American families and small businesses,” Huizenga continued.
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