Cap-N-Trade: Your House Is Not Your Own–UPDATED

by Melissa Clouthier | July 8, 2009 10:48 am

If you live a normal life, or you’re a Congressman or Senator, you haven’t read the Cap-N-Trade bill, but intrepid Jimmie Bise has and what he found was distressing on so many fronts. First the pain for home builders, an already destroyed industry here in the United States. From his latest AIP column[1]:

Let me introduce you to a little section of the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill called the “Building Energy Performance Labeling Program”. It’s section 304 of the bill and it says, basically, that your house belongs to the state. See, the Federal Government really wants a country full of energy-efficient homes, so much so that the bill mandates that new homes be 30 percent more energy efficient than the current building code on the very day the law is signed. That efficiency goes up to 50 percent by 2014 and only goes higher from there, all the way to 2030. That, by the way, is not merely a target but a requirement of the law. New homes must reach those efficiency targets no matter what.

Consider this for a moment. Right now, at this writing, there is a glut of new home supply. Will those homes have to be retrofitted to meet the government’s 30% more fuel efficient standards? And how does one magically do this? Already, homes are being built with air-tight windows, special insulation, more efficient air conditioners, etc. What would make it more energy efficient?

And then there’s you and me, the average American home owner. The government wants to control your life via your home, too:

But what does that have to do with current homeowners like you? Well, I’m glad you asked. You’re certainly not off the hook, no way, no how. Here’s what the Democrats have planned for you. The program requires that states label their buildings so that we can all know how efficient every building (that includes residential and non-residential buildings) is and it requires that the information be made public. To that end, the bill suggests a number of circumstances under which the states could inspect a building, including:

(A) preparation, and public disclosure of the label through filing with tax and title records at the time of–

(i) a building audit conducted with support from Federal or State funds;

(ii) a building energy-efficiency retrofit conducted in response to such an audit;

(iii) a final inspection of major renovations or additions made to a building in accordance with a building permit issued by a local government entity;

(iv) a sale that is recorded for title and tax purposes consistent with paragraph (8);

(v) a new lien recorded on the property for more than a set percentage of the assessed value of the property, if that lien reflects public financial assistance for energy-related improvements to that building; or

(vi) a change in ownership or operation of the building for purposes of utility billing; or

(B) other appropriate means.

Pay close attention to (iii), (iv), and (vi) because those hit you right where you live. What that’s saying is the state will be empowered to inspect your home iif you want to 1) renovate your house in any way that requires a building permit, 2) sell your house, or 3) change the name of the person getting a utility bill.

And what will the penalties be for non-compliance? Well, you’ll have to go read Jimmie’s column to find out. Needless to say, there are always penalties for not complying with the government’s rules. Always.


Michelle Malkin predicts the retrofit police[2].

Jimmie has more to say[3].

  1. AIP column:
  2. retrofit police:
  3. Jimmie has more to say:

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