Monday, March 23, 2009

Destroy Flat-Screens - Kowtowing To the Environmental Left

We can all watch TV on an old glass tube TV while driving along in a bus splashed with flowers and a bushel of drying red peppers hangs near the walkway of the bus. HotAir h/t. I personally like the LCD screens better, however, if Arnold wants to add to the 3,000 people leaving California every day... then by all means -- outlaw plasma screens.

California has a rapidly-expanding budget shortfall, unemployment going above 10% for the first time since the early 1980s, and perhaps the worst business climate in the nation, excepting Michigan. How does the state plan to boost the economy, create jobs, and build consumer confidence? They want to ban plasma TVs because they’re not green enough:

In their continuing quest to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, state regulators have uncovered a new villain in the war on global warming: your big screen TV

Couch potatoes, beware.

The California Energy Commission is considering a proposal that would ban California retailers from selling all but the most energy-efficient televisions. Critics say the news standards could take 25 percent of televisions off the market - most of them 40 inches or larger.

“The larger the television, the more at risk it is of being banned unnecessarily in California,” said Douglas Johnson, senior director of technology police for the Consumer Electronics Association.

Association officials say the standards are not only unnecessary - because the federal government already regulates energy efficiency through the voluntary Energy Star program - but also ill-timed. The last thing our economy needs now is products taken off the market, they say.