Stratis Morfogen, also known as the “Golden Greek,” owns the Philippe Chow Restaurant Group, and has been in the restaurant business for 35 years. Recently, President Biden’s administration is looking into potentially banning gas stoves throughout the United States. New York Governor Kathy Hochul also as repeated similar proposed ideas about banning non-elective stoves.
US Consumer Product Safety Commission is also looking into banning gas stoves, as agency commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. said, “This is a hidden hazard,” adding, “Any option is on the table. Products that can’t be made safe can be banned.” The World Health Organization and EPA also are backing the move, and consider gas stoves to be both dangerous and pollute the environment. Forcing the United States to make a switch from gas stoves to electric would require roughly 35% of Americans to change the stoves in their home.
This would require not only purchasing an electric stove, but also disposal costs for old gas stoves, and then the installation costs of safely removing a gas stove along with removing installation pieces in order to prevent a dangerous gas leak. This could put many Americans in a position where they’d need to face a bill that would be potentially multiple thousands of dollars, simply to keep up with updated and seemingly arbitrary government requirements.
Restaurant kitchens also largely opt for gas stoves due to their cheaper costs and higher cooking temperatures. Costs can be lowered by using gas stoves, even during the mists of inflation and higher prices of gas products, down to a fraction of what they’d be by using electric stoves.
Stratis Morfogen went onto Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” where he discussed the Biden Administrations’ plans to ban gas stoves, saying:
“For people that don’t understand the restaurant industry, for 35 years, we’ve been attacked by everybody. We had organized crime in our industry, in the 70s, 80s, 90s and in the 2000s. We had corrupt Wall Street. And for the last three years, we’ve had government overreach,”
“They want to make us, for new restaurant construction, use electric stoves. So let me explain it to you. We lose 40% productivity by using electric,”
“If they [the government] ever inquired with small business owners, I’ll give them three pieces of advice: Get a stronger filtration system, get a hood system that works and basically train your staff on how to maintain it.”
“With electric stoves, first of all, our bills will go six times higher. And then on top of that, our productivity drops. This isn’t just going to hurt the restaurant hospitality industry. It’s going to hurt real estate development,”
“You remember casinos, shopping malls, airports, residential towers, office buildings. They depend on us for the content. And if we don’t develop the content for these big, you know – this is our industry – for these big developers. Well, guess what? This whole thing will collapse.”
While the Biden Administration is claiming that this proposed ban is due to nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide being released into the air, even they don’t appear to be taking these threats too seriously, as President Biden’s wife, First Lady Jill Biden, also has a gas stove in her home.
— Dr. Jill Biden (@DrBiden) September 2, 2020
Clearly, these stoves are not the ticking time bomb that government bureaucrats are making them out to be. Americans have used these stoves in their homes since the early 20th century, and should continue to be allowed to use them to meet their cooking needs.