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Biden’s Green Rules Mean Appliances Will Soon Cost More and Do Less, Experts Say
Epoch Times ^ | June 2, 2023 | Kevin Stocklin

Posted on 06/04/2023 7:05:02 PM PDT by george76

Consumer advocate: New Biden regulations mean ‘Everyday things that people want are going to get more expensive or disappear'


A pledge by the Biden administration in December 2022 to take “more than 100 actions” to impose significantly tighter environmental standards on consumer goods is now becoming reality, and consumer groups are predicting a future in which Americans pay more for products that do less, while manufacturers warn of shortages and supply chain breakdowns.

“You’re seeing, just in the last few months, new rules from the Biden administration about clothes washers, dishwashers, and other kinds of kitchen appliances, and in every case, you’re talking about a tightening of already very, very tight standards,” O.H. Skinner, executive director of the Alliance for Consumers, told The Epoch Times.

“That will make it so that nearly the majority of the current products on the market don’t meet the standards and have to be redesigned or removed from the market,” Skinner said. “Everyday things that people actually want are going to get more expensive or disappear, and the products that will be available will be more expensive but not better. People are going to wonder why life is worse.”

These new regulations (pdf) from the Department of Energy (DOE) come on top of new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions regulations on cars and electric utilities, and efforts to ban gas stoves, which critics say will have similar consequences in those industries. Many of these new regulations will be finalized by next year and would give manufacturers several years to comply.

In December 2022, the White House announced that “the Biden-Harris Administration has surpassed its goal to take 100 actions in 2022 to strengthen energy efficiency standards for a range of appliances and equipment to lower costs for American families.” The announcement touted 110 new regulations enacted by federal agencies on “everything from air conditioners and furnaces, to clothes washers and dryers, to kitchen appliances and water heaters—as well as commercial and industrial equipment.”

According to the Biden administration: “Once finalized, these standards will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 2.4 billion metric tons, equivalent to the carbon emissions from 10 million homes, 17 million gas cars, or 21 coal-fired power plants over 30 years. The projected consumer savings from these standards would be $570 billion cumulatively, and for an average household this will mean at least $100 in annual savings.”

These actions follow a familiar pattern: rumors of new directives, followed by official denials, followed by draconian diktats. For example, reports that the Consumer Product Safety Commission would ban gas stoves over alleged safety concerns sparked a public outcry in January, which was met with denials by the Commission, together with media ridicule, that any such thing was being contemplated. This was then followed by new environmental standards from the DOE that would ban the manufacturing of 50 percent of the gas stoves available on the market today.

The DOE rules elicited criticism from House Republicans, who in a March 21 letter to Granholm called the regulations “a blatant back door attempt to ban gas appliances enjoyed by millions of Americans.

“Your attempt to ban gas appliances has no basis in law or within your jurisdiction,” GOP representatives charged. “The Department of Energy has enjoyed bipartisan support, your actions to appease the Biden Administration’s radical climate agenda does not reflect well upon the Department.”

While consumer advocates doubt that these new measures will save Americans money, appliance makers say consumers will not be happy with the products that are left to buy.

New Appliances Will Be ‘Closer to 1950s’ Than to 2020..

Instead of allowing appliance manufacturers to innovate products for features that consumers want, “they are literally going to have to redesign products that will look closer to the 1950s than they do to 2020,” Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers spokesperson Jill Notini said.

Manufacturers say they have been trying to work with the DOE to moderate the new rules, citing a tradition of cooperation between agencies and industry when developing new standards, but they say they are hitting a wall with the Biden administration.

Among what one industry executive called “an avalanche” of new rules are regulations that force dishwasher and washing machine manufacturers to cut water use and energy consumption by one-third. In addition, new DOE rules would effectively eliminate 98 percent of all top-loading washing machines on the market today, would mandate that the machines be larger, and remove the central agitator that increases cleaning performance.

Manufacturers say these rules would add $200 to the cost of a washing machine, and would also halt the production of less expensive clothes dryers that don’t meet strict federal Energy Star efficiency standards. Microwave ovens are also on the list of targeted appliances.

Led by Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti, 21 state attorneys general wrote to DOE Secretary Jennifer Granholm on May 2 to “register their concern with the Department of Energy’s new attempt to control what appliances Americans can buy.”

“The administration’s plan to micromanage people’s choices of everyday kitchen appliances will result in fewer choices, less functionality, and higher costs for consumers,” Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti told The Epoch Times.

“The regulations are legally faulty because they rest on poor reasoning and shaky facts,” Skrmetti said. “This kind of bureaucratic overreach lies far outside the scope of the federal government envisioned by the Constitution.”

The AGs’ letter criticizes, among other things, the DOE’s “blind reliance” on estimates by the Interagency Working Group on the Social Costs of Greenhouse Gasses that are “fundamentally flawed and are an unreliable metric on which to base administrative action.” In addition, the AGs charge that the DOE orders violate Constitutional principles of federalism, “ignores consumers’ reactions and preferences,” and “dismisses the costs manufacturers will incur to comply with the proposed standards.”

Liberal States Join in Pushing Green Agenda..

Regulations are not only coming down from federal agencies; left-leaning states are also instituting bans on internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, gas stoves, gas heating, and other fossil-fuel-powered products. In response to state auto emissions mandates, Stellantis, which owns the Dodge, Chrysler, and Jeep brands, said it will reduce shipments of gas-powered cars to states including California, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, Pennsylvania Connecticut, Rhode Island, Washington, Oregon, New Jersey, Maryland, Colorado, Minnesota, Nevada, Virginia, and New Mexico in order to comply with new emissions rules in those states that seek to force consumers to switch to EVs over the next decade.

A car dealer in Delaware told the Wall Street Journal that he will no longer receive regular supplies of popular gas-powered Jeep models, but will instead offer electric SUVs that will cost $20,000 more than their gasoline counterparts. If federal subsidies don’t convince enough consumers to buy EVs, carmakers may be forced to reduce the number of gas-powered cars they sell in order to comply with regulations that are measured in terms of fleet averages.

California has mandated that EVs, which currently make up about one-fifth of auto sales, must make up 100 percent of new sales by 2035. Auto manufacturers that fail to meet this threshold can buy regulatory credits from EV makers like Tesla, further driving up the cost of gas-powered cars.

“The majority of cars that are currently being sold will disappear, to be replaced by electric cars that are currently a tiny fraction of the market,” Skinner said. “By replacing the majority of cars on the road with more expensive cars, cars that we may not be able to produce, ever, at the numbers that are needed to replicate life today, it’s very reasonable to predict a future where government actors are guiding us toward fewer people having access to cars.”

In addition, he said, many of the EVs currently sold are smaller cars, which are attractive for drivers near cities who travel short distances with few passengers. But they may not be suitable for families or those who live in rural areas.

“The ability to buy a car that can safely transport a family of five, that’s going to be an immense cost, way beyond what people are used to today,” Skinner said. “A lot of these $50,000 electric cars are basically sedans; when Chevy comes out with an electric Suburban, I shudder to think how many batteries you’re going to need for that.”

Because many cheaper products will be eliminated from the market, the costs of the “110 actions” will likely fall most heavily on lower-income Americans who are less able to afford more expensive things. And in addition to consumers losing their ability to choose which products they want, manufacturers are warning that the new regulations will lead to shortages.

A coalition of car makers, home builders, and electric utilities penned a letter (pdf) to Biden on May 22 informing him that his energy transition, including his plans for a rapid expansion of the electric grid and the EV charging network, left them critically short of essential materials, in particular electric steel.

“Electric motors, transformers, electric vehicle chargers, generators, and other critical electrical equipment all require electrical steel due to its unique properties that reduce power loss,” they wrote. “Shortages of domestic electrical steel are contributing to significant and persistent supply chain challenges across our industries.

Among these “challenges” were meeting EV production goals, being able to restore power after electricity outages, and “an insufficient inventory of distribution transformers to meet the demand for new home and commercial construction,” the letter stated. And “while two domestic manufacturers have committed recently to increase … production, even with this expanded output, domestic supply levels will still fall far short to meet electrification goals and satisfy demand created by the IIJA [Infrastructure Act] and the IRA [Inflation Reduction Act].”

Increasingly, the United States is being forced to turn to China to fill the gap.

Dependence on China..

Regarding strategic issues, some economists say the Biden administration’s rapid, state-enforced transition will make America more dependent on China.

“The Biden administration’s strategy of decoupling from China, when it comes to critical materials necessary for the administration’s grand ideas about transitioning to green energy, is little more than pie in the sky,” Steve Hanke, Professor of Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University, told The Epoch Times.

Hanke, who served on President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisors, said “China has an outsized world dominance in what I term the Three Ms: 1) Mining and Mineral Engineering, 2) Metallurgical Engineering, and 3) Materials Science and Engineering.”

These industries are essential to supplying the raw materials and components for wind turbines, solar panels, and EVs. And China has a chokehold on the production and refining of many of the mineral inputs for the products that are mandated by the Biden administration.

According to a July 2022 report from the Brookings Institution, “consumption of these critical minerals—most notably nickel, copper, lithium, and cobalt—is projected to rise, largely driven by their use in the renewable energy sector. Demand is expected to quadruple by 2040 under the International Energy Agency’s Sustainable Development Scenario, in which global action would limit the global temperature rise to well below 2°C, and it is projected to rise by six times under a net-zero scenario … China is the dominant player in global mineral processing.”

In addition, Hanke cites rare-earth minerals like neodymium, dysprosium and terbium, which are necessary to produce the magnets found in wind turbines and EVs. One 3-megawatt direct-drive wind turbine contains nearly two tons of these magnets, Hanke stated in a May 4 op-ed.

“Stunningly,” he writes, “China is responsible for 90% of the production of these rare-earth magnets.” The renewables transition is giving China the strategic leverage in minerals that OPEC has in oil production.

“If the U.S. insists on pushing China around in the sphere of critical materials, China can push back, and push back hard,” Hanke said. “As Deng Xiaoping put it in 1987, ‘the Middle East has oil; China has rare earths.’”

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: agenda; appliances; biden; bidenvoters; china; climatechange; donatedonaldtrump; donatefreerepublic; donatetrump; ev; evs; green; greenagenda; overreach; regulations; tyranny; worthlessjoe
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1 posted on 06/04/2023 7:05:02 PM PDT by george76
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To: george76

We are WAY past the point of diminishing returns on conventional emissions. They are at war with CO2 and their CO2 fetish is going to destroy us.

2 posted on 06/04/2023 7:09:24 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom (I don’t like to think before I say something...I want to be just as surprised as everyone else.)
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To: george76

Ass-Backward Diplomacy: a Democrat/RINO/Globalist/Green Party staple.

3 posted on 06/04/2023 7:13:30 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: george76

Thinking I can save a lot of $$$ by going back to having a clothes line.

4 posted on 06/04/2023 7:13:58 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: george76

Biden and the Democrats are undertaking a full-on Cloward-Piven attack on American society. Why they are doing this, I cannot guess.

5 posted on 06/04/2023 7:19:32 PM PDT by Steely Tom ([Voter Fraud] == [Civil War])
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To: Steely Tom

They are doing this because they hate this country and all it’s accomplishments. They are guilty and want us to be a third world hell hole like the rest of the world with them in power. They (deep state) want us to turn into Venezuela with them in charge. They live like kings and we live like serfs.

6 posted on 06/04/2023 7:21:58 PM PDT by Texas resident (We are living through Barak's fundamental transformation)
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To: george76

Communists are very good at solving imaginary problems, more regulations, less efficiency and 10% for the Big Guy.

7 posted on 06/04/2023 7:24:09 PM PDT by bray (Dr Fauxi killed millions)
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To: george76
article: "eliminate 98 percent of all top-loading washing machines on the market today, would mandate that the machines be larger, and remove the central agitator that increases cleaning performance."

WTF is wrong with these people? Can't they just leave us alone?

Honest to God, these regulations only make life more miserable for the peons. And before God I will swear that these rules do not do one tiny iota to help the snail darters or the spotted owls or the shiftless tawny layabouts.

8 posted on 06/04/2023 7:33:02 PM PDT by Governor Dinwiddie (LORD, grant thy people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil.)
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To: george76

And where is our GOPe congress that makes laws over the years rather than Xiden rules to help us out? /s

9 posted on 06/04/2023 7:34:28 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute. )
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To: george76

Welcome to centralized engineering. By far the most energy inefficient sector of the economy is the expansionist bureaucratic empire. Let’s go green with an axe machine on that.

10 posted on 06/04/2023 7:35:09 PM PDT by Reeses
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To: Reeses

Green for thee.

Not for me.

11 posted on 06/04/2023 7:39:13 PM PDT by Texas resident (We are living through Barak's fundamental transformation)
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To: Texas resident
Let's go green... with a guillotine.

12 posted on 06/04/2023 7:47:00 PM PDT by Reeses
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

“They are at war with CO2...”

No, CO2 is their WEAPON, they are at war with Americans.

We need to accept that we’re not ruled by a government we disagree with, we’re now ruled by a hostile, alien, entity.

13 posted on 06/04/2023 7:48:52 PM PDT by BobL
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To: Steely Tom

“Why they are doing this, I cannot guess.”

Starts with the fact that they HATE Americans.

14 posted on 06/04/2023 7:49:32 PM PDT by BobL
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To: Steely Tom

“Why they are doing this, I cannot guess.”

Starts with the fact that they HATE Americans.

15 posted on 06/04/2023 7:49:34 PM PDT by BobL
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To: george76
This has been going on for years now. I have a washing machine that is designed to save water, not clean clothes.

Same for my water saving toilet.

Same for my water saving dishwasher.

16 posted on 06/04/2023 7:49:50 PM PDT by broken_clock (Go Trump! Still praying.)
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To: Governor Dinwiddie

“WTF is wrong with these people? Can’t they just leave us alone?”

Hell, they cannot even leave our kids alone. It’s time for people to understand that they cannot hide from this bunch...the destruction of appliances and automobiles applies to ALL 50 STATES (with Europe punishing their own people too).

And a BIG PROBLEM for them, though, is that their ‘green agenda’ does not apply to China, Russia, India, etc. - which is why they’re running around the world, willing to start World War 3 if needed, to get those countries under their thumbs, as the LAST THING they want is a country like Russia driving gasoline cars and using washing machines that work - while we are forced to live in squalor.

17 posted on 06/04/2023 7:54:25 PM PDT by BobL
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To: george76

Good. People have become spineless and weak, and they deserve whatever hardships come their way. The price of not making the sacrifices earlier is decades of coming slavery.

18 posted on 06/04/2023 7:56:22 PM PDT by CatOwner (Don't expect anyone, even conservatives, to have your back when the SHTF in 2021 and beyond.)
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To: The Duke

I have always noticed a sour smell on the clothing of people who are using the high efficiency washers. There isn’t enough water and soap to wash the clothes. They stink.

19 posted on 06/04/2023 7:56:33 PM PDT by healy61 (.)
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To: healy61

“..I have always noticed a sour smell on the clothing of people who are using the high efficiency washers. There isn’t enough water and soap to wash the clothes. They stink....”

Yep. They want the rest of us as miserable and stinky as they are.....
FJB and his merry band of faggot flying monkeys....

20 posted on 06/04/2023 8:05:09 PM PDT by lgjhn23 ("On the 8th day, Satan created the progressive liberal to destroy all the good that God created...")
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