Following a series of policy initiatives targeting everyday appliances such as gas stoves, air conditioners, water heaters and dishwashers, the Biden regime is now turning to portable gas generators in the name of climate change.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has proposed a policy which, if implemented, would take almost all existing portable gas generators off the market.
The proposal includes a strict policy that would trigger an automatic shutdown of generators when they reach a specified emission limit. Smaller gas generators would be needed to reduce carbon monoxide emissions by 50%, while larger ones would face an even greater reduction of up to 95%.
“The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) has made a preliminary determination that there is an unreasonable risk of injury and death associated with acute carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from portable generators. To address this hazard, the Commission is proposing a rule under the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) that limits CO emissions from portable generators and requires generators to shut down when specific emission levels are reached,” according to the proposed policy.
Given these parameters, it is expected that almost all models currently on the market will not be compliant.
If adopted, manufacturers would be forced to comply within six months, a significantly accelerated process compared to the usual adjustment period of several years.
Affected generators include single-phase, 300 V or less, 60 hertz models equipped with receptacles for AC output circuits and designed to be portable. The engines of these “portable” generators are usually small spark ignition engines, as classified by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and are fueled by gasoline, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), or natural gas (NG).
Notably, the rule will not apply to permanent stationary generators, 50-hertz generators, marine generators, generators permanently mounted in recreational vehicles or motor homes, generators attached to a vehicle, compression-ignition engine generators, and industrial-type generators intended only to be connected to temporary circuit breaker panels on job sites.
The proposed rule includes an anti-stockpiling provision that prohibits manufacturers from increasing production or importing non-compliant portable generators between the promulgation of the final rule and the effective date. This provision prohibits the manufacture or import of nonconforming products at a rate greater than 120% of the company’s average monthly production during the previous year.
Millions of ordinary Americans will suffer and die because of the regime’s horrific “climate change” agenda.
For millions of Americans, portable gas generators are more than a convenience – they are a lifeline in emergencies, disaster relief, a vital tool on job sites, and a key part of outdoor recreational activities.