Biden was out there smirking that he had implemented over “100 new rules” because there is nothing a totalitarian regime likes more than “Rules.” No joke. This as it was announced yesterday that Air Conditioners were on the “hit list” and more Rules are on the way. So I thought I would check it out. No joke, he has. Here is the link.
FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Takes More Than 100 Actions in 2022 to Strengthen Energy Efficiency Standards and Save Families Money.
After they just announced the gas stove was on the block (despite multiple denials), the Biden administration – this time the Department of Energy – has announced new rules for air conditioners and air cleaners they say will make common household items more efficient. Yes, Granholm, the savant in the Energy Department. Bunks earlier post:
Just a few highlights of the regime’s attack on consumers.
This is the 110th action to strengthen energy efficiency standards that the Administration has taken in 2022. These 110 actions span a range of household products—everything from air conditioners and furnaces, to clothes washers and dryers, to kitchen appliances and water heaters—as well as commercial and industrial equipment.
- Lightbulbs: Today’s proposed rule to strengthen lightbulb efficiency standards would deliver cumulative consumer savings of $20 billion and reduce carbon emissions by 131 million metric tons over 30 years. These benefits are in addition to DOE’s final actions earlier this year to implement a nearer-term phaseout of inefficient incandescent bulbs, which will save consumers nearly $3 billion annually, while reducing carbon emissions by 222 million metric tons over 30 years—the equivalent of what 28 million homes emit in a year.
- Gas Furnaces: DOE proposed new standards for residential gas furnaces—which had not been significantly strengthened in over three decades—to achieve a 95% annual fuel utilization efficiency level, improvements that will save consumers $1.9 billion annually. Over 30 years, the rule would reduce carbon emissions by 373 million metric tons and methane emissions by 5.1 million tons, the equivalent of what 61 million homes emit in a year.
- Room Air Conditioners: American households purchase over seven million room air conditioners each year. DOE issued a proposed rule to boost the efficiency of these units, which would save consumers up to $275 over the life of the product. The proposal would also reduce carbon emissions over 30 years by nearly 50 million metric tons, the equivalent of what more than 6 million homes emit in a year.
- Clothes Dryers: DOE proposed stronger efficiency standards for both electric and gas clothes dryers, which could save the average household $36 on annual utility bills. Over 30 years, the rule would reduce carbon emissions by 116 million metric tons, the equivalent of what 14.6 million homes emit in a year.
In fact there are few household appliances that are not up for review.
About the Air Conditioners just announced-
As the Epoch Times notes, the new rules are anticipated to cost manufacturers around $82.1 million to implement.
“What these mandates, what these standards, do is enforce a level of efficiency that doesn’t make sense,” Ben Lieberman, a fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, told Fox News. “And they compromise product quality. We’ve already seen this to an extent with cost of clothes washer standards.”
“That’s another problem—this is a regulatory program that’s very long in the tooth and you’re getting to the point where clothes washers—this might be the fifth time they’ve been regulated,” Lieberman added. “So we’re really chasing after diminishing or nonexistent marginal returns.”
More via the Epoch Times:
The rules for air cleaners would be implemented over the next 12 months, beginning in 2024, while the rule for air conditioners will begin in 2026. According to the agency, doing so will eliminate 106 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions over three decades. Sure.
Critics have called the new rules tantamount to federal overreach
According to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, the standards “too stringent and will have a negative, disproportionate impact on low-income households and historically marginalized communities.”
In 2022, the group suggested that the DOE “reassess parts of its analysis with respect to proposed standards levels … and some of the assumptions upon which the analysis is based,” adding “… DOE must conduct further analysis to determine how increasingly stringent standards disproportionately affect low-income households and historically marginalized communities, as required…”
But its not just homes that will be effected. The intent is to hit various industries and that will cost the really big bucks. All of this of course will raise the price not just on the items, but various industries and will pass on their costs.
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