Yesterday in the WSJ there was an op-ed from Sam Kazman of the CEI titled “How Washington Ruined Your Washing Machine
Some highlights:

“The culprit is the federal government’s obsession with energy efficiency. Efficiency standards for washing machines aren’t as well-known as those for light bulbs,.. [nor[ are they the butt of jokes as low-flow toilets are. But in their quiet destruction of a highly affordable, perfectly satisfactory appliance, washer standards demonstrate the harmfulness of the ever-growing body of efficiency mandates.


The federal government first issued energy standards for washers in the early 1990s. When the Department of Energy ratcheted them up a decade later, it was the beginning of the end for top-loaders. … Front-loaders meet federal standards more easily than top-loaders. Because they don’t fully immerse their laundry loads, they use less hot water and therefore less energy. But, as Americans are increasingly learning, front-loaders are expensive, often have mold problems, and don’t let you toss in a wayward sock after they’ve started.”

I love places like the CEI precisely because they focus on speaking to people in practical terms, as well as doing serious economic research. I love finding great examples of government failure in everyday life, hopefully it will render audiences more skeptical.

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