While America is listening to the news about the fiscal cliff, the United States Congress–both the House of Representatives & the Senate–quietly passed another green energy bill, almost unanimously. This Department of Energy power-grab comes with a very deserving name, “American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act.”
This is how Senate Democrats spun the new intrusive bill:
The legislation will extend the success of the 25-year old Department of Energy appliance efficiency program. It is estimated that by 2030, the DOE program, as amended by the H.R. 6582, will reduce national electrical demand 12 percent below what it otherwise would be — all at virtually no cost to the American taxpayer.
Forget the light bulb, because the United States House & Senate passed a bill that effectively mandates almost every household appliance to even more stringent standards, while forcing the companies who build them to abide by their new rules for us–the people.
So lets see how the House voted.
And the Senate?
5. H.R.6582 : American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act
Sponsor: Rep Aderholt, Robert B. [AL-4] (introduced 11/2/2012) Cosponsors (14)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 12/6/2012 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
Latest Action: 12/6/2012 Message on Senate action sent to the House.
Passed the Senate without Amendment? This is the same Democrat controlled Senate which hasn’t passed a budget in over 1400 days, and the same Senate which would not vote on any bills sent up from the House on budget issues. But establishing standards on “our” refrigerators, air conditioners and water heaters? You guessed it, that gets a consent vote!
There are a couple more issues with the bill.
First, the comment from the Democrats in the Senate said “all at virtually no cost to the American taxpayer.” This is said by a group that does not understand the cost of meeting the standards set by the authority given to the Secretary of Energy. The bill does not actually set any standards. It directs the Secretary of Energy to establish the standards.
Like all legislation passed in modern-day Washington, it simply passes the power from the Congress to the bureaucracy.
So far, their answer isn’t to “allow” American companies to increase supply of inexpensive energy; such as with coal, natural gas & nuclear electricity. Their answer is to force American companies to supply products that use less energy. Their answer isn’t to supply more, their answer is for us to demand less! Or, put another way, their answer is for us stupid people to use less power.
Jimmy Carter tried the same idea in the late seventies, trying to tell the people to inflate their tires, while pushing a failed idea to mandate us to “Conserve energy” — not to lower cost by increasing supply, but to simply demand less energy is used. Period. The result in the seventies were mile long gas lines.
It is too late to stop this one. Your Congress passed it quietly and without your knowledge.
The question this leads to is: “How do they still have jobs?” and “Do you think these guys won’t cave on taxes?”