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Monday, March 05, 2007

30 years of failure

Posted by: Hammer / 11:47 AM

Here's one that can't be blamed on any single President or any political party. The Department of Energy is batting 0 for 34 over the last 30 years in meeting deadlines to establish energy efficiency standards for consumer products:

All told, the Department of Energy has missed every one of 34 mandatory rule-making deadlines for setting minimum energy efficiency standards involving 20 products including refrigerators, dishwashers, freezers, pool heaters, furnaces and central air conditioners, analysts at the Government Accountability Office reported.

The delays ranged from a few months to 15 years, according to the GAO report made public this week. Of the 34 energy efficiency standards, 24 have yet to be set, involving 17 household and industrial product categories.

We need two standards for most products. We need a basement standard which all products must meet. You must be this efficient to sell your product in the United States. We also need a higher, voluntary standard of efficiency. A simple score with a recognizable label that says, "this product is efficient and will save you money in the long run". Energy Star for everyone and everything. More importantly, the standards need to be increased annually to ensure continued improvement.

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