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New Biden Administration Rule Targets Portable Gas Generators and Water Heaters

New Biden Administration Rule Targets Portable Gas Generators and Water Heaters

American media is trying to persuade Americans to embrace the healing power of blackouts.

Mere months after the Biden administration proposed a ban on gas stoves, it announced a new rule that would essentially prohibit the manufacturing of nearly all portable gas generators in the country.

After seeking to reduce the use of gas stoves, the Biden administration is pushing a proposal to ban the sale of almost all portable gas generators—which some experts have said would be disastrous for the millions of Americans who rely on such generators during power outages.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has proposed a policy (pdf) that would remove nearly all existing portable gas generators from the market. The new rule restricts the amount of carbon monoxide that generators can emit by forcing these generators to switch off when they reach a certain level of emissions.

The rules are so stringent that 95% of portable gas generators would not meet the requirements.

“A proposed Consumer Product Safety Commission rule limits the amount of carbon monoxide a product can emit, with the commission admitting that 95 percent of portable gas generators on the market cannot comply with its new standard,” the site said.

The CPSC also posted a statement insisting that they recommend “that requirements be developed to address consumer exposure to unsafe CO emissions.”

These rules are so stringent that few machines currently on the market will pass the new emissions requirements, so almost none of the generators currently being made today are able to meet these stringent new rules. Meaning that gas generator manufacturers would have to go back to the drawing board.

Water heaters are also under the gun.

In a draft rule unveiled Friday, the Biden administration is seeking to compel most electric water heaters to deploy heat pump technology and gas-fired ones to use condensing technology.

It comes months after the Biden administration ignited a firestorm over feared stove top regulations, after Albany lawmakers enacted a controversial first-in-the-nation gas stove ban in New York.

“Today’s actions—together with our industry partners and stakeholders—improve outdated efficiency standards for common household appliances, which is essential to slashing utility bills for American families and cutting harmful carbon emissions,” Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm said in a statement.

The result will be the incineration of savings accounts for the average American.

The House of Representatives voted to prevent the ban on gas stoves. It looks like congressional representatives are beginning to organize against the limitations on water heaters, and the de facto banning of portable gas generators.

Representative Cory Mills (R-FL) made an appearance on Fox News and released a statement concerning President Joe Biden (D) and his administration’s plan to regulate water heaters and gas generators in hopes of reducing carbon emissions.

,,,“Well, absolutely we’re overregulated. I mean, think about it: The upfront cost alone in comparison to your long-term savings isn’t a decision that should be made by the federal government, it’s a decision that should be made by the private citizen. These actual water heaters which essentially draw from the heat from outside, which not only take longer to heat up the actual water but in northern climates, would actually be a little bit less efficient,” stated Mills.

He would go on to mention that the Biden administration has made this type of overreach a pattern.

“And again, this is just more of the federal government continuing to overreach into American lives. You, first it was your gas stove, then it’s your air conditioner, then it’s the idea of your water heater. I mean, it just continues on and on,” said Rep. Mills.

On the other hand, the American media is trying to persuade Americans to embrace the healing power of blackouts.

Again and again, I’ve found myself asking: Would it be easier and less expensive to limit climate change — and its deadly combination of worsening heat, fire and drought and flood — if we were willing to live with the occasional blackout?

I’m not talking about a long-term future of sketchy power supplies. Plenty of studies have found that keeping the lights on with 100% climate-friendly electricity is entirely possible, especially if energy storage technologies continue to improve.

Somehow, I sense that this opinion offered by a writer who once asserted that whites were polluting the air of “people of color is going to persuade many Americans.


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SCOTUS blocked the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions last year.

The justices, in a 6-3 opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, formally adopted a doctrine that has gained increasing currency over the last few years as a rationale for restricting agencies’ power. The major questions doctrine, as the principle is now formally known, holds that in “extraordinary” cases involving matters of great “economic and political significance,” federal agencies must be able to point to specific Congressional authorization for their actions. Courts should otherwise be “skeptical,” the decision said, that agencies have authority to set broad policy through novel statutory approaches.

Apparently the Biden admin didn’t get the word so we’ll waste more time and money shooting these down in the courts.

An expensive bout of virtue signalling.

    countryboy1947 in reply to Gosport. | July 25, 2023 at 7:43 am

    This isn’t about greenhouse gas or climate change this is absolutely about the Marxists gaining control of the entire world. Wake up sheep, you are being fed poison.

    Ironclaw in reply to Gosport. | July 25, 2023 at 8:15 am

    Well, they are stupid and I think communism is a good idea. Apparently they can’t read either

    smalltownoklahoman in reply to Gosport. | July 25, 2023 at 9:41 am

    Criminals and bad actors share a common trait: they don’t care what the rules are, they’re just going to keep on doing what they have been doing until they are made to stop! With criminals that’s either jail, becoming truly reformed, or an early grave. In the case of these agencies that may be either legislation that sets clearly defined and easily understood limits on these agencies or perhaps it’s time Congress and the Presidency (if we get it back) get serious about closing down some of them.

nordic prince | July 25, 2023 at 7:39 am

“Carbon emissions” is just the cover story. Real climate scientists admit man-made carbon emissions have an insignificant effect in “global warming,” and the world would only benefit from increased atmospheric CO2.

YOU are the carbon they want to “reduce.”

Leave us alone, communists.

Step One: do everything possible to ruin the electrical grid and turn the ZUS into a third world country.

Step Two: outlaw the ability of average citizens who see the train wreck coming to protect themselves by providing their own backup power when the government ruins the grid.

We really need to wake up soon. The only rational energy debate today should be about how quickly we build hundreds of nuclear power plants. Wind and solar cannot supply the grid with reliable power. If you don’t like fossil fuels or being in the dark, nuclear power’s the only game intern.

smalltownoklahoman | July 25, 2023 at 8:24 am

They want to reduce us all to a life of squalor and misery while they continue to live high on the hog.

Capitalist-Dad | July 25, 2023 at 8:32 am

In absence of such enumerated power to dictate what appliances people can’t use, the central tyranny is usurping power. This, by definition, is despotic and tyrannical, therefore such a law is null and void. State’s should not only resist such laws but actively thwart central government enforcers—whether executive or judicial. See Madison’s and Jefferson’s Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions for more.

    Whitewall in reply to Capitalist-Dad. | July 25, 2023 at 8:47 am

    We seem to have reached the point where we are now a Republic under assault by democracy.

      artichoke in reply to Whitewall. | July 26, 2023 at 12:37 pm

      We’re well past that point. “Our Democracy” has taken a lot of ground that has to be clawed back, by any means necessary. Yes, the same way they fight their battles, we have to overcome them and reclaim what they’ve taken.

Fat_Freddys_Cat | July 25, 2023 at 9:13 am

It’s funny that the people behind this nonsense call themselves “progressive”. If they have their way we won’t be progressing; we’ll be regressing to a medieval lifestyle. Before long they’ll have us all going down to the river to beat our clothes against rocks.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is another gov’t agency that believes that it possesses the authority of the legislature. These power-hungry kooks need to be defunded.

Except for California, the gasoline generator stuff seems to be about detecting levels of carbon monoxide, not global warming. Anyway it’s time to order another generator to replace my 25 year old EU2000i, thinking that one of these days it will surely need replacement, so I’ll have a spare.

A heat-pump powered water heater would be a nice place to gather on hot days for its air conditioning side-effect. In fact put it in the living room.

They long ago outlawed water cooled air conditioners, as wasting water, which this would be a reverse revival of.

    artichoke in reply to rhhardin. | July 26, 2023 at 12:35 pm

    I have baseboard heating. Is this why there’s no system for me to run cold water through it during warm weather? Actually there would be a lot of condensation that would drip on the floor, so it wouldn’t be good anyway.

    But they should only worry about wasting water where there isn’t enough of it. Here in the east, we’ve had floods of water.

E Howard Hunt | July 25, 2023 at 10:18 am

There seem to be myriad technical details involved here. I will wait for Karine Jean-Pierre to distill them into simple language that I can comprehend.

Totalitarians live regulations controlling every aspect of our lives. You will be dependent on the State.

Years ago some people with a refrigeration background were playing with various heat exchangers that used the hot gas from an air conditioning system to preheat the water supplying a water heater. There was a tank for the preheater that held the water heated by the refrigerant hot gas. On a hot day with the system well loaded, the preheater supplied water hot enough that the thermostat in the water heater never came on. The condenser fan didn’t run unless the discharge pressure on the compressor needed it. As an added benefit, the preheater decreased the load on the air conditioner so that it cooled the space more efficiently, meaning the discharge air to the space was colder by possibly as much as 4-5 degrees.

This idea is practically applied in a local Birmingham hospital where the chillers supplying chilled water to the building for space cooling have a second condenser that preheats the water going to the domestic hot water boilers.

If the administration was serious about energy savings, they would encourage this kind of setup.

    Stuytown in reply to DSHornet. | July 25, 2023 at 11:47 am

    They are not serious about energy savings. They are not even serious about their pronounced fear of global warming. They are serious about globalism, power and control of the population.

    BierceAmbrose in reply to DSHornet. | July 25, 2023 at 2:18 pm

    A rule of thumb from timber frame construcion some years back: when you get the envelope working, side heat from living is plenty to condition all the flow you need to maintain air quality.

    The people making these policy pronouncements never talk in terms of material or energy balances or flows. It’s like what’s actually going on has nothing to do with the policy they want to pronounce. It’s like it’s not about “solving” the “problem” but about some other agenda, with the “problem” as cover.

    Oh, wait.

On the Geni….

If mower makers were clever, they would get into the biz of making Geni attachments for riders similar to PTO units a lot of farms use. You’ve got this huge power plant capable of powering a house, but I have to buy a second power plant with a generator attached to it.

Granted most homes are moving the generac style, but a huge market of plug in’s will exist.

    artichoke in reply to Andy. | July 26, 2023 at 12:32 pm

    I agree. My mower has a 2 cylinder engine vs. the portable generator’s much smaller 1 cylinder. I’d be able to run our electric dryer, as well as everything else, if the mower were running the house vs. the current generator. Guaranteed to produce more emissions than the generator. Only trouble, the mower maker’s attachments usually cost more than I paid for the whole generator at Costco!

henrybowman | July 25, 2023 at 6:43 pm

The Biden administration is like a bunch of “teens” with a new jalopy and a couple of baseball bats, cruising the neighborhood to see whose mailboxes they still haven’t crushed. I’m getting damned tired of it.

Granholm must take us for fools. Increasing our capital costs by hundreds of dollars to save single digit dollars in operating costs doesn’t “slash utility bills” in any sane economic sense.

You see ignoring capital costs all the time in government. A solar installation on a building is touted as saving money in power bills, but if you look into it that project actually had negative return.

So Brandon is trying to plunge our nation into blackouts and now will not let us have generators to keep our electricity on. How special

If the power goes out I have no well water.
If there is no well water, I can’t flush the toilets.
If I can’t flush the toilets, my house is uninhabitable.
If I can’t plug in my gas generator, I guess I will have to move into the White House to use the bathroom.

David Walker | July 26, 2023 at 2:31 pm

Isn’t it about time you Cousins started exercising your Second Amendment privileges?
We are having the same problems across the Pond too, fortunately the ballot box appears to be functioning quite effectively, we haven’t – quite – suffered as much from vote-rigging as you do yet, although there is definitely a risk if we don’t keep an eye on some of our minorities, especially those followers of a certain religion,