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Sep 02 2014

Obama Regime Drives Up Price of Appliances

Under liberal rule, there is no aspect of your life that self-righteous moonbats 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 liberals receive from imposing their will on others.

Putting a green spin on tyranny.

On a tip from Jester. Hat tip: Hot Air.

  • Pure insanity. New washers and dryers are not as effective in cleaning clothes, so they need to be run longer, using more electricity and water, not less.

  • retire05

    Having to replace my 20+ year old Whirlpool dishwasher, I bought a top of the line Bosch. It is pure crap. I have to rinse the dishes off before I wash them, and even then they don’t get clean. In the old one, I could wash the dishes and let them air dry, saving on electricity. The new Bosch won’t let me do that, unless I want to wash my dishes in cold water (yeah, like that works out well).
    As to wash machines; try to find one that actually has an agitator that will get dirt out of jeans. You know, dirt like men who actually physically work get on their jeans. And the ones without agitators will not get normal dirt out of kid’s clothes. So you have to soak them. Who has time for that?

  • 762×51

    No one should be surprised by this, the Nasty Piglosi Congress forced out incandescent light bulbs in 2007, signed into law by the big government progressive in Conservative clothing G.W. Bush. These scum will rule every facet of your daily life just as their Islamist allies seek to control your every thought, word and deed. You will not be able to resist once they have fully implemented their evil agenda. You are allowing yourself to be conquered like sheep, you should be ashamed of yourselves.

  • 762×51

    Just as the new toilet standards reduce the amount of water per flush requiring you to flush REPEATEDLY, wasting even more water.

    You can’t fix stupid.

  • ed

    the eu has just banned high power vacuam cleaners .what the lib-tards just don`t get is that the lower wattage ones will take twice as much power to do the same cleaning area !

  • Bradford

    This has been going on for years. The major appliance companies are in cahoots with the DOE on it. DOE passes higher standards and then offers the appliance companies tax credits to offset their additional costs. The appliance companies get to take some pricing, the DOE raises energy standards, consumers pay more and the taxpayers foot the bill for the energy tax credits provided to the appliance companies. It’s a win, win, lose, lose deal. Just your typical big government cronyism in action. I worked as an executive in one of the major appliance companies for 20 years and was involved in several of these programs.

  • TruDat

    Not only that, but the washers that have a front opening and save water never fully drain, so you have to use nasty chemicals to get rid of the musty smell! And, don’t get me started on those low-flow toilets.

  • Tchhht!!!

    Yeah, no kidding. These a-holes expect us to pay a plumber a hundred bucks just to show up and then a hundred an hour thereafter every time the toilet won’t flush. I once flushed the crapper 25 times just to see what it would take to make it work. SOME SAVINGS!!! Don’t even get me started on the junk appliances. The clothes washer in our current home was only a few years old when we moved in. Maytag. The should have called it Stenchtag becase that’s what it did to our laundry. We swapped it out for a new, high priced unit so our clothes wouldn’t stink. Three month later the door fell off the new washer. AAAAAARRRRRRRGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

  • ScarletPimpernel

    So what exactly are the new standards for appliances? The article doesn’t say. How is a new dishwasher going to be different from the dishwasher I bought 13 years ago, and which is still working? How is a new microwave going to be different? Will we notice this new “efficiency”? Will these new regulations lower my electric bill, which is going up because 0bama is shutting down coal mines?

  • ScarletPimpernel

    Actually, the front loading washers do not use as much water and they are easier on your clothes; you also use much less detergent. You have to keep the door open if you want to prevent the musty smell. However, I note that many of the new top loaders now do not have the large agitator in the middle, around which clothes often get wrapped and stuck.

  • ScarletPimpernel

    Some of the new efficiency suggestions include using cold water to wash clothes. This is not good for your washer; it is hot water that keeps the parts clean. A plumber who came to fix my sister’s washer one time told her that. Furthermore, you should never wash sheets in cold water. If you ever need to get rid of things like bed bugs, for example, the water must be at least 140 degrees. Cold water won’t work, and it will wear down your washer sooner.

  • ScarletPimpernel

    A waste of water to have to rinse your dishes first (which runs up your water bill!). I was told that the dishwasher soaps are formulated to clean so that you don’t have to rinse, and if you rinse you actually risk damaging the finish on your fine dishes. If you’re rinsing your dishes, you might as well just wash them by hand.

  • rex freeway

    They wont be happy until we are using washboards and home made soap. New washers suck. Unless you buy a two thousand dollar model and then its a crap shoot. Nothing lasts 5 years, let alone 10. We have engineered the life out of appliances. This fits into our throwaway society. Fix nothing. When it goes bad replace it. Bullshit.

  • 762×51

    “How is a new dishwasher going to be different from the dishwasher I bought 13 years ago, and which is still working”

    The difference is that the new one won’t last 13 years . . .

  • 762×51

    But low water flush toilets are in direct response to REGULATION. I have a fool proof plan for a zero flush system. Once a day, stop by your favorite politicians house, I recommend late night, and take a dump on his lawn or better still, driveway. Backyards are best, when his dog starts bringing turds into the house, things will change.

    No flush = no water usage.

    Once a thousand people a night start crapping on their lawns they will get the message. As a finishing touch, wipe your ass on his front doorknob, they understand after that.

    There is no level of disrespect I would not perform on our ruling elite.

  • SammyPrissy12

    odumbo and his brown shirts are going to force their way on us one way or the other. Meanwhile, murderous thugs are committing genocide and he can’t decide what to do. This is a nightmare.

  • randian

    These are not “efficiency” regulations, no matter what stupid liberals say. These are energy use regulations. That is not the same thing. Simply demanding lower energy use does not increase efficiency, it just lowers efficacy. Use less energy = work less well

    this is government-imposed poverty

  • randian

    They don’t clean as well without a central agitator.

  • I’ve got this linked in a new post, and I have an idea for how to make them choke on the unintended consequences of their tyranny:

    I’m still ticked at them for taking away my safe and effective asthma medicine and replacing it with harmful garbage.

  • Xavier

    You realize, of course, that this means dishwashers will become a basic human right and be supplied to Low Income Liberals at no cost? Buying Green would open their eyes to unpleasant truths about regulation and the AGW hoax.

  • Jodie

    We are already fighting an uphill battle when it comes to washing clothes and dishes. Since the libs took the phosphates out of dish and laundry soaps, it is much harder to get things clean. I think they replaced the phosphates with more perfume, so people may not notice that their laundry is not as clean as is used to be.

  • Henry

    Sodium tripolyphsophate (STPP) is your friend; find it at chemical supply companies. Good for dishwasher as well as washing machine… put back what the greeniacs took out of your cleaning detergents.

  • glenn47

    Well, no surprise they keep coming at us right and left. Jarrett was caught laughing and bragging that we, the people, think they are done with us, and she says, we have so much more to do, we are far from finished. I am sick to death of this corrupt adminstration. I want OUR White House back and fumigated, and I don’t think we can wait two more years.

  • glenn47

    Yep, even Tide that used to get anything clean is now neutered. Same for Ajax and toliet bowl cleaner, all worthless.

  • David Rickel

    And it will take twice as long to do a load half as well (no idea, really, I’m extrapolating from our high efficiency washing machine).

  • Katya Kakhov

    The smog from China is so bad you can see it from space so the new Stihl chainsaws are 4 strokes with thumb sized catalytic converters .

  • binky354

    New washers suck and so do new dryers! I bought a new Maytag washer and dryer about 3 years ago, and I hate them! They aren’t the quality I expected from Maytag.

  • RobiMac

    I’m glad I got all new appliances in the last four years. Prior, my Kenmore washer and dryer have lasted 20+ years which made my decision to remain loyal to Kenmore. So, I think I’m good till Jesus calls me outta here. Unless, of course, we get smacked with a EMP first.

  • RobiMac

    Now it has become true that everything from household cleansers to medicines that actually do work are politically incorrect.

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