Sweet Dreams

Part II of Fun with the Obama EPA & The Dept. of Energy (you remember Stephen Chu, right?)

From NRO: Bleary-eyed, I crawl out of bed, shuffle into the bathroom, and flip on the lights, but the bulb is out. I remind myself to get to Home Depot and stockpile a few cases of good, old-fashioned incandescent bulbs while I still can. After my morning business, I flush an extra time, since 1.6 gallons just doesn’t seem to do the trick. But at least we’re saving water, huh? Hop in the shower, where the water trickles out at an EPA-limited 2.5 gallons per minute. I think I’ll stay in here for an extra ten minutes or so.

I walk out to get the morning paper and take out the trash. “Honey, make sure to put out the recycling, too.” Right. I hope we sorted this stuff correctly. As I’m contemplating whether you can recycle pizza boxes, my dog fertilizes the lawn, so I go looking for a plastic bag (without holes).

I load my daughter into my fuel-inefficient SUV, asking myself how many hybrids the manufacturer had to make to offset the hit against Department of Transportation CAFE standards. She’s comfortably seated in her state-mandated booster seat. With no time for a decent breakfast, we hop in the drive-through lane at McDonald’s. I wonder how they’re going to get all that nutrition information required by Obamacare on the drive-through menu. Or how I’m going to be able to read it. Not to worry, though — at least no insurance company can refuse to cover me for my high cholesterol now. Who says there is no such thing as a free breakfast?

On the way to the office, my cell phone rings, but I can’t answer it because I can’t find my hands-free device. I drop by the bank for some cash and ponder whether I’ve exceeded the six withdrawals per month permitted by the Fed’s Regulation D. I spend my day at work trying to save a client facing possible extinction from a federal regulation that would effectively shut his business down. Thank goodness I don’t have to deal with such oppressive regulations in my daily life.

On the way home, I stop at the drugstore to pick up some cold medicine. They ask for my ID and check the log to see the last time I bought any. The feds want to make sure I’m not manufacturing crystal meth. Me, manufacture meth? I have a hard time making pancakes.

When I get home that night, I lunge for the remote as the all-too-familiar Cialis ad is coming on. The kids don’t need to hear about side effects in excess of four hours. (Four hours? Really?) After sending them off to bed in their Consumer Product Safety Commission–compliant pajamas, I look at a stack of bills. Can I call the doctor to dispute the charges on my wife’s bill if she hasn’t signed a HIPAA waiver? Maybe she should just call herself.

As much as I hate to do it, I sit down with TaxCut to go over my return. Tax day is just around the corner, after all. Since my law firm does business overseas, I am entitled to a tax credit for foreign taxes paid. But to take advantage of it, I’ll also have to rerun the alternative-minimum-tax calculations, which means filling out Form 1116 twice. I also need to rerun last year’s alt-min calculation to figure out if my state tax refund is taxable on my federal return this year. Maybe I should have just followed Tim Geithner’s example.

Individual liberty is a diminishing commodity these days. It began with laws protecting one individual from harming another; these days, it has morphed into bans on trans-fats in your doughnuts and salt on your fries. And you don’t have to be Ted Kaczynski to feel just a little overwhelmed.

Exhausted once again, I collapse into bed, finally in the one place where even liberals say I should be left alone. Now what’s this mattress tag say?

So you want to sell your house under Obama, well the Dept of Energy will have something to say about that when Cap & Trade is passed.

Did you know you’ll have to have government approval?

Did you know you’ll have to replace all those energy inefficient appliances and systems first to get that approval?

And from The American Thinker:

Rather than just asking how much it will cost us to retrofit these appliances in our homes, we should ask how energetic that retrofit is. To do that, you have to add in all of the energy costs involved in making the changes. For example, when you replace your water heater, you have to ask how much fuel will be used by the plumber who brings your new water heater to your home? How much fuel was used in shipping the water heater from the manufacturer to the retail outlet where you bought it? How much fuel was used in producing and transporting all of the parts used to make the water heater to the manufacturer? And how much fuel was used to produce and transport the raw materials used to make those parts by the parts manufacturers. And that’s just the fuel used.. What about the electricity used throughout the process?

I’m guessing that many will not get too upset over this. Their thinking will be that since their water heater is probably going to last for no more than another 5 years, it’s no big deal. Since they’ll have to replace it anyway, why not replace it with a more efficient one when they do? Unfortunately there’s more beneath the surface, and it’s another Obama  land mine, because like everything else this administration has told us thus far, they’re only telling us part of the story. What’s actually going to happen is that anyone who tries to sell their home is going to need to replace that perfectly good water heater, and lots of other electrical devices in their homes in order to legally sell their home.

What was that you said?

If that last sentence surprises you, then you’re not aware of the fact that the Obama administration is planning to force us to register our homes, just like our cars, and get them inspected by an authorized agent of the DOE in order to get an “Inspection Label” for the home. So I suggest that you all read the Cap & Trade bill which was passed by the House last June, and which President Barack Obama is probably going to try to ram through the Senate shortly. That abomination of a bill requires us to bring our homes into compliance with each of the new standards for all regulated appliances, in order to legally sell them.

And if that’s not enough, it’s not just about water heaters, or home heaters either:

“Since President Barack Obama came to office, the DOE has issued or codified new efficiency standards for more than twenty different products, which will save consumers between $250 and $300 billion on their energy bills through 2030:

March 2009 – 14 consumer and commercial products with standards prescribed in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007), including dishwashers, general service incandescent lamps and residential clothes washers

April 2009 – Microwaves, kitchen ranges and ovens

July 2009 – General service fluorescent lamps and incandescent reflector lamps

July 2009 – Commercial heating, air-conditioning and water-heating equipment

August 2009 – Beverage vending machines

December 2009 – Commercial clothes washers

February 2010 – Small electric motors

March 2010 – Residential water heaters, direct heating equipment and pool heaters”

Watch out for the second to the last item listed above, because almost every electrical device you use has a “small electric motor” inside.

When you add the value of the millions of perfectly good appliances that are going to wind up on the trash heap, to the other costs of this bill, you’ll realize how damaging this is going to be to our country.

But at least the environment will be say from you evil humans!

And your government approved home will have it’s government approved car in the garage with government approved food labeled in the government approved refrigerator/freezer.

Rejoice, We are from the EPA and The Dept of Energy and we are here to help you…