The House fanned an old debate this week by adopting a provision that would block the Energy Department from setting energy efficiency standards for ceiling fans.The relevant law was passed in 2005 under the tyranny of the Bush administration and a set of House Republicans that, let's face it, were nothing more than a pack of jackbooted environmentalist thugs. Real Republicans know that energy efficiency standards are anti-Jesus. Or more to the point, the current Congress is just made up of crooks, since the old law was enacted to avoid state-by-state regulations of the same thing:
Tennessee Republican Marsha Blackburn offered the policy rider to the Energy-Water appropriations bill (HR 2609), saying companies such as Memphis, Tenn.-based Hunter Fans cannot afford burdensome regulations that would drive up the price of products. The amendment, which would block funding for writing the regulations, was adopted by voice vote.
“It means you have neither state nor federal standards,” said Andrew deLaski, executive director of the Appliance Standards Awareness Project. “It breaks the fundamental deal.”The actual rules are meager, and you can get out of them entirely by arguing your fan is "decorative" instead of functional, but a few of the fan manufacturers know that this particular Congress would pass a law allowing the use of pureed river otters as lubricant if a lobbyist asked them to—so they asked. Rep. Blackburn is a real card, though:
His group worked in a coalition with Home Depot, a fan manufacturer and seller, and other fan companies in 2005 to include a mandate for national standards as part of a comprehensive energy law (PL 109-58).
“First, they came for our health care,” she said on the House floor. “Then they took away our light bulbs, and raided our nation’s most iconic guitar company — now they are coming after our ceiling fans. Nothing is safe from the Obama administration’s excessive regulatory tentacles.”Blackburn was in the House in 2005 when they passed these regulations, so she might remember them existing previous to Obama's tentacle-filled reign. Calling a politician a liar is considered rude, though, so we will take the more charitable path and just assume she's stupid.