Meanwhile, the country is dealing with a shortage of critical appliances.
Longtime Legal Insurrection readers may recall that Gina McCarthy was Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency head when EPA-bureaucrats fumbled their unleash the Animas River environmental disaster, which resulted in the release of millions of gallons of heavy-metal containing wastewater into a scenic Colorado river.
She’s back and worse than ever as Biden’s climate-activism advisor. Recently, McCarthy chortled over 100 new rules the administration plans to impose on appliances.
Biden climate advisor Gina McCarthy: "We're actually going to do 100 rules this year alone on appliances."
The airlines are "gonna be out of here" if they don’t follow Biden’s Green New Deal-style rules. pic.twitter.com/AKI7InJDBw
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DOE’s rulemaking is a follow-up to multiple proposed and finalized rules published since Biden took office that are designed to reduce energy demand by making appliances more efficient, thereby avoiding emissions stemming from combustion of fossil fuels.
A new efficiency rule proposed in March targets residential air conditioners and pool heaters, while the department finalized regulations in April to phase out the manufacture of incandescent light bulbs.
White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy said the administration is doing “100 rules this year alone on appliances” during a recent speech at Tufts University.
The current head of the Environmental Protection Agency (who, as I noted previously, is a green-justice warrior) indicates that rules focused on hydrofluorocarbons used in refrigeration systems will include relying on new, alternative technologies that they seem to think will guarantee a green utopia for this nation.
EPA Administrator Michael Regan said the phasedown is backed by a coalition of industry groups that see it as an opportunity to “supercharge” American leadership on domestic manufacturing and production of alternative refrigerants. The industry has long been shifting to the use of alternative refrigerants and pushed for a federal standard to avoid a patchwork of state laws and regulations.
“This action reaffirms what President Biden always says — that when he thinks about climate, he thinks about jobs,” Regan said, echoing a Biden refrain about climate change. Transitioning to safer alternatives and more energy-efficient cooling technologies is expected to generate more than $270 billion in cost savings and public health benefits over the next 30 years, Regan said.
A pandemic relief and spending bill passed by Congress last December directs the EPA to sharply reduce production and use of HFCs.
And as the Biden administration is poised to unleash new requirements on appliances, the nation is suffering appliance shortages.
[Angela Warner, Appliance Specialist and Spokesperson at Warners’ Stellian] says, like the auto industry, some manufacturers are waiting on microchips before shipping some of their products. She says others have hit snags with specialty parts, such as insulating foam for refrigerators, and that’s just where the explanations begin.
“Some say that they’re waiting for truckers to drive them to us, or that there are products waiting in boats at ports that can’t get unloaded,” Warner said. “They were also affected by labor shortages within their own factories making products.”
If that doesn’t sound like an easy fix, you’re right.
“We kind of thought it would be over soon, but it’s looking like it’s going to be lasting through 2022,” Warner said.
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