RUSH: Wait ’til you hear some of the regulations in cap and trade. There’s a piece at The American Thinker.com today that goes on and on about the purpose of cap and trade to reduce all the CO2 that we’re putting in the atmosphere and we got a goal here to reduce it and the way to reduce it, of course, is to regulate the amount of carbon dioxide that any device produces. And one of the things, there’s going to be hundreds of regulations requiring brand-new appliances, from heaters, to water heaters, to refrigerators to microwave ovens to televisions, you name it, over 130 of them. But there’s a reason for this. And this is what’s onerous, and these are Department of Energy regulations. This is not legislation. This is going to be enacted at the cabinet level.
‘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,’ with these new ones that are more energy efficient, in order to legally sell your house. What did you say, Rush? That’s what I said. ‘If that last sentence surprises you, then you’re not aware of the fact that Obama 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.’ They will come into your home and take a look at your appliances and see what you got. So the author of the piece here says, ‘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.’ This is what’s taking precedence over amnesty right now. ‘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, 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.” And it goes on to say that, ’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, microwaves, kitchen ranges and ovens, general service fluorescent lamps and incandescent reflector lamps, commercial heating, air-conditioning and water-heating equipment,’ all these things are going to come under strict regulation and control.
Now, the second-to-last item, small electric motors, ‘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. And now you may have it answered for you, why the CEO of General Electric, Jeffrey Immelt, is one of Obama’s big boosters. They are one of the biggest manufacturers of appliances and under these new regs your perfectly fine appliances, you’re going to have to toss ’em and buy new ones if you want to get your home approved, if you want to pass inspection or if you want to sell. They’re going to come in, inspect your home and put a sticker on it that says you’ve passed inspection, just like your car.
RUSH: I have a friend whose relative was from Cuba, got out of there. Home inspections are the order of the day from the Castro regime. It’s exactly what the Department of Energy has in store for us. Everybody in Cuba had to have their entire houses checked before they could sell the house. Now, what surprises me about this, even if they fail, what the hell are they gonna replace the appliances with? I mean, the guy gives out rice cookers. (interruption) Oh, you’re not even allowed to sell it now? Oh. Okay. Okay. So they just have to do the inspection. Snerdley, I don’t even want to think about how much it would cost me to replace my air-conditioning unit. And, of course, do you think I’m going to pass anything when Obama or the regime DOE guy comes into my house? The census can’t find me but I’ll bet that clown could.
These appliances are not yet made. These appliances in the smaller carbon footprint are on the drawing board and it’s all to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by 1%. All this will do is reduce CO2 by 1%, and the global warming is not happening. The whole thing is based on a hoax here. This is gonna cause people to sell their houses before they want to, just to beat these regulations, if this happens. I shudder. (interruption) You have to take out a loan. If you don’t have the money, you have to take out a loan, and I’m guessing about this, but I don’t think you can put this in the sale price because you have to have the house approved for sale before it can be sold. Now, you can try to recoup your expense in the sale price, but the buyer is gonna know what’s going on. It’s Draconian, to say the least. This bill makes the secretary of energy — his name is Steven Chu — the most powerful man in America outside of Obama. It grants him power never before given to any elected official, including under FDR. This guy, secretary of energy, will become the second most powerful man in the regime with this kind of authority.
RUSH: Now, let’s go back to this Department of Energy thing very quickly. This house sale requirement, all these new appliances, it’s another great example of everything Obama does is designed to do the opposite of what’s needed. We need to make health care more affordable, what’s going to happen to it? We need to build the housing market back up, what are we going to do to it? And Snerdley, you asked me, ‘Oh, my gosh, do you know what it costs to replace an air conditioner?’ This is not about cost, in the end. It’s not really about cost. The goal here is a continued transformation, making America poorer, reversing industrial production (except for GE), leaving more resources for the rest of the world. And since the private sector is what grows the economy and makes life easier, this regime needs to impose it’s will to reverse the course of the nation. Because, remember, America must be cut down to size. We’ve been immoral and unfair, basically America is a crime in Obama’s view. So we’re in for it, folks. Yeah, it’s about costs, but it’s also about making you and everybody else poorer and making the private sector smaller, enhancing government control over virtually as much as they can get.
RUSH: By the way, I left out something very salient in the new Department of Energy, register your house, approve your appliance and so forth, the poor — and how we define the poor is they get increasingly richer — the poor are exempted. The poor are exempted from paying for it. They’ll be subsidized, which means there’s redistribution going on. It all adds up to a loss of a little bit more liberty and freedom.
RUSH: We were talking about these new Department of Energy regulations coming requiring even more energy efficient appliances. Could Steven Chu, the secretary of energy, become the second most powerful man in the regime? Your house will have to be inspected for emissions and proper appliances, carbon footprint and all that just as your car is. And if you don’t pass you have to totally refit every appliance in your house until you’re in compliance, at your expense.
From the Seattle Times, back on March 26th: ‘Federal investigators who submitted phony products, such as a gasoline-powered alarm clock, to the government’s energy-efficiency certification program found it easy to obtain approval and say the program is ‘vulnerable to fraud and abuse.” A gasoline powered alarm clock was approved as a new energy efficient device. ‘Investigators with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said they obtained Energy Star approval for 15 of 20 fictitious products they submitted for certification with fake energy-savings claims. Two were rejected and three did not receive a response. … Among the phony products that obtained Energy Star certification was a ‘room air cleaner’ that, in a picture prominently displayed on the Web site of a bogus company, showed an electric space heater with a feather duster and strips of fly paper attached to it.’ I’m not kidding.
Now, we wonder why does government do everything badly? Yesterday I posed the question, how is it that in the private sector most of the things government does is a crime and people who perpetrate them are charged and sometimes convicted, but when government does those very same things, they are lauded with virtue and compassion. I think one of the reasons, ladies and gentlemen, that the government does everything poorly is they have no competition and there’s no accountability. There is no accountability, and if they don’t do it right, where do you go? There’s nowhere else. So here they are, approving phony, fictitious new appliances as compliant with the new Energy Star program. A gasoline powered alarm clock. That just doesn’t compute with me. How does even the most incompetent bureaucrat you’ve ever heard of in the Department of Energy ever think that a gasoline powered alarm clock — I mean, that’s in your house. A gasoline powered alarm clock got approval as an energy-saving device. So this whole program is bogus and it proves the point here, this is not about anything other than the continued transformation of the country, making us poorer and less free, pure and simple.