Posted by Curt on 11 January, 2008 at 4:04 pm. 4 comments already!


The nanny state of the Democrats becoming stronger everyday:

The conceit in the 1960s show “The Outer Limits” was that outside forces had taken control of your television set.

Next year in California, state regulators are likely to have the emergency power to control individual thermostats, sending temperatures up or down through a radio-controlled device that will be required in new or substantially modified houses and buildings to manage electricity shortages.

The proposed rules are contained in a document circulated by the California Energy Commission, which for more than three decades has set state energy efficiency standards for home appliances, like water heaters, air conditioners and refrigerators.

The changes would allow utilities to adjust customers’ preset temperatures when the price of electricity is soaring. Customers could override the utilities’ suggested temperatures. But in emergencies, the utilities could override customers’ wishes.

Final approval is expected next month.

My guess? Save your old thermostats, they will be selling for big prices on ebay in the future.

But seriously this is a case of the state telling the people how cold or how warm they can be because its too hard to actually build more power generators. Why? Because of the environmentalists. No drilling for more oil because it might hurt some rat. No building of nuclear reactors because it might harm people. No building of new refineries because they are too dirty.

So the result?

The government tells you when you can be comfortable in your own home.


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