Because absolutely no one asked for it:
Reps. David B. McKinley, P.E. and Peter Welch (D-VT) have introduced The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness (ESIC) Act (H.R. 1616). The bill will spur the use of energy efficiency technologies in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, plus encourage job creation.
I’m guessing because business are always interested in ways to pay higher energy costs, they absolutely needed the helping hands of these two fine people in Washington to show them the way, otherwise they would never, ever, think to use “energy efficiency technologies” in their businesses. They would obviously just be implementing non-energy-efficient technologies in their businesses. Like heating their buildings with warm lumps of coal, perhaps. Thank God Peter Welch is able to shed light on newer technologies so the dolts who actually work for a living can be shown how to do their jobs in the right way that people in Washington, DC, think they should be doing their jobs.
“This bipartisan bill is designed to save businesses and taxpayer’s money while making America more energy independent,” said Rep. McKinley. “As an engineer, I’ve designed energy efficient buildings and understand how to conserve energy and save money.”
Oh, so now we’re going to save money because of federal intervention? Like Obamacare was going to reduce health insurance rates? Energy independence doesn’t come by (for example) mandating the use of a marginally less energy-consuming light bulb that contains mercury and doesn’t last as long as conventional bulbs, as Congress tried to do in 2007. Energy independence comes from developing the domestic energy sources that the US has in the trillions of gallons, but the current President and Congress won’t allow those same hapless taxpayers to tap into. Then you would see energy being produced domestically, which is apparently not something these two fine representatives are interested in doing.
“Energy efficiency is a practical, non-partisan idea that saves money, puts people to work, creates demand for American-made products, and improves the environment,” said Rep. Welch. “This bill is a common sense idea whose time has come.”
Federal energy efficiency legislation is nothing of the kind. It will raise costs for products to meet federal efficiency guidelines. It will enable the federal gov’t to determine local building codes. It will create a cottage industry
for K-Street employees to ensure the corporations that they work for are lined up at an appropriate and respectful distance from the federal trough, so they can only madly consume tax dollars after Congressman Welch, et al, has blown the “All clear – DIG IN!” whistle.
I would also suggest that a reading of the text of the bill is in order, since it seems to ascribe a federal overview, and approval mechanism, when new energy-efficiency codes are created by the Secretary of Energy. In other words, a federal appointee will be creating the building codes which the entire country will now be subject to. How could this possibly go wrong?
Lastly, regarding common sense: It did not make sense (common or otherwise) to ban a perfectly functioning, cheap, well-known, well-established, and widely available technology for a more expensive, less reliable, less available,and actually more potentially damaging technology, all in the interests of “efficiency”. Banning the incandescent light bulb was the epitome of legislative hubris, borne of a rampant desire to control every aspect of
formerly-free peoples’ lives (for their own good, of course), and a complete misunderstanding of both their responsibility in their Congressional oaths and their duties as representatives of the People. The People, not the Sheeple, in case Peter Welch has missed it. We do not need to be led (or led by incompetents), we need to be left alone by those who seek an ever-expanding federal wasteland of spending, regulation, and control, all of which is apparently sought out by those kinds of people who either can’t cut it in the real world, or simply desire the power to dictate the lives of others.
Among other items, H.R. 1616 requires the Federal Government to adopt energy saving techniques for computers, saving energy and taxpayer’s money.
I have a much easier way of saving both energy and taxpayer money – cut federal spending in half, shut the power off to half the Department of Education buildings and the Department of Energy buildings, neither of which actually educate anyone or provide energy to anybody, and boom – you have instant energy savings and instant taxpayer savings.
Problem solved! Next?