Obama Administration Drives Up Price of Appliances

Under liberal rule, there is no aspect of your life that self-righteous authoritarians will not intrude upon and make worse for the sheer love of bullying, usually on nonsensical ideological pretexts. They took away our dish detergent and gave us useless crap that doesn’t get the dishes clean, on the grounds that phosphates are politically incorrect. But it is never enough. Now Obama et al. are coming after the dishwashers themselves:

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.

“Climate action plan.” As if the very climate of the earth could be dictated by power-mad statists like Obama. We are living in a lunatic asylum.

Note that elected legislators no longer play a role in imposing unnecessary rules that diminish our lives. It is harder to vote the army of faceless drones comprising the federal bureaucracy out of office.

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.

Stimulate the economy by heaping more regulations upon manufacturers? They don’t even try to pass the laugh test.

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. …

Business groups say the new rules will be expensive for industry to comply with because it will require them to buy new technologies to develop appliances that emit less energy. That will raise the retail prices of household appliances, they say.

By pushing up the price of appliances, the regulations will hit everyone who isn’t wealthy enough to benefit from Obama’s brand of oligarchical collectivism.

Don’t worry, rich liberals, you will still be able to afford shiny new appliances. The rest of us may have to make do with the old ones a little longer than we had planned.

Pricing some of us out of the new appliance market will of course defeat the supposed environmental purpose of this latest encroachment into our lives. But with green posturing, it’s only the good intentions that count — those and the pure joy progressives receive from imposing their will on others.

On a tip from Jester. Hat tip: Hot Air. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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