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“Today’s actions—together with our industry partners and stakeholders—improve outdated efficiency standards for common household appliances, which is essential to slashing utility bills for American families and cutting harmful carbon emissions,”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.
As a master plumber in multiple states this is going to cost my customers so much money! People who already struggle to afford the o pay their bills are now going to pay 2-3 times as much for a water heater replacement if/when this goes into effect.
— its me (@JonJudd) July 21, 2023
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.
Hands off our water heaters!
First Biden came for our gas stoves, then he wanted to eliminate air conditioners, and washing machines, and now he’s coming for our water heaters.
Heat-pump water heaters are already available for those who want them, but cost vs. savings differs… pic.twitter.com/YmEkY3XOGk
— Rep. Cory Mills 🇺🇸 (@RepMillsPress) July 24, 2023
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.
Biden admin’s proposed ban on portable gas generators would leave millions without access to crucial emergency power.
During a crisis, we must ensure easy access to backup power for those on medical devices, for young children, the elderly, and for food storage. pic.twitter.com/JBfkwy5g8s
— Rep. Cory Mills 🇺🇸 (@RepMillsPress) July 24, 2023
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.
I got my gas generator.
— 🇺🇸 ʟᴇғᴛ ᴄᴏᴀˢᴛ ᴠᴀɢʀᴀɴᴛ 🇺🇸 (@Baklava_USA) July 19, 2023
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