New Obama Energy Standards

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Spurred by President Obama’s climate action plan, the Department of Energy is pumping out new standards for refrigerators, dishwashers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, furnaces, boilers, water heaters, lamps and many more appliances.

The administration says the standards will not only help the planet but also stimulate the economy by saving consumers money on their energy bills that they can spend elsewhere.

But industry groups argue the standards, which will apply to both commercial and household appliances, could slow the economy, and that the Energy Department is rushing the new rules while overestimating the savings. Other critics argue the push to regulate household appliances is evidence of a nanny state.

“They’re not taking the time to get it right,” said Steve Yurek, president and CEO of the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute. “That’s what we’re concerned about,” he said.

As evidence of the rush, critics point to how the Energy Department has already finalized new efficiency standards for seven appliances in 2014, with another three rules expected by the end of the year. That compares to two rules in 2013 and three in 2012.

The department says the rules will save consumers $49 billion by 2030.

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5 comments on “New Obama Energy Standards

  1. Is the people making these plans to modernize our planet have scientific data and research to back their demands? The short answer, NO It is not about efficency but control over every part of our lives.

  2. The small saving will not off set the cost of… “?Under my plan electricity rates will necessarily sky rocket”

  3. The mandates won’t be far behind. Mandates to reduce energy consumption (hello “smart meters” and a n avalanche of more Agenda 21 cr*p) because as energy installations shut down due to the ridiculous standards, the drain on the grid will become severe and there will be brown outs and even black outs lasting longer and longer, especially in storms. And if you can’t afford to replace your appliances, subsidies will be provided and bail outs for companies who produce “energy star” crap (which is often no more efficient than non-ES stuff and sometimes worse) which is always more costly…to produce and to buy and sometimes to use.

    Their goal is for everyone (except the ruling elite) to be equally miserable and equally beholden to gov’t. Yep, THAT was the change he meant. What? You thought it would be GOOD?

  4. And the Left lunatics just keep right on telling big, fat LIES. Our furnace went out last winter and we had to put in one of the Left’s “Energy Efficient” furnaces (No other option on the market….). Let’s see. Our bills WERE NOT ONE CENT LESS.

    But the cost of their ‘new’ ‘efficient’ furnace?

    Yup. Only to a Liberal brain dead moron could that equal “stimulating the economy and saving consumers money”…. These people need EXTERMINATED.

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