The President who keeps the Oval Office at "tropical hot house" temperatures wants to micro manage even further the light bulbs that others can use

This president has no understanding of efficiency. His only goal is to minimize energy use, but efficiency involves using efficiently lots of things that are scarce (e.g., people's time). I also don't think that he has an idea about the number of jobs. He talks about new jobs that are created by government regulations or spending, but what about the jobs that are lost. CBS has a story on "Obama touts new light bulb standards."

He pointed to the state of California as an example of what stricter energy efficiency standards could achieve. In the late 1970's, California enacted tougher energy policies, which the president said, helped create millions of jobs. Today, he said, Californians consume 40 percent less energy per person than the national average. . . . .

If we are concerned about the country's wealth, why do we care about whether California was able to force down its energy use? Wouldn't that simply be a measure of how much poorer California was relative to what it otherwise could have been?

Of course, all this comes from a President who keeps the thermostat in the Oval Office well above 72 degrees -- "aides have likened it to a tropical hot house."

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Blogger juandos said...

Consider the following from Steven Milloy's Green Hell blog:

Waxman-Markey subsidizes ‘Shower Nazi’

A “Shower Nazi” may be coming your way courtesy of Waxman-Markey.

Section 217 of the bill provides for a “water efficient product incentive program” that would provide rebates, vouchers, direct installs and other forms of financial assistance for the installation of water-saving products.

6/30/2009 4:36 AM  

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