## Onerous New DOE Regulations Headed Our Way

The Department
of Energy announced Thursday that it has finalized the new and higher
energy efficiency standards for several classes of appliances which
they decided upon last year. Those standards can be found here.

Warning! Keep
your seat belts on, this is going to be a bumpy ride.

The
announcement
from DOE
Secretary Steven Chu
says that these changes will save 164 Million
Metric Tons of CO2, from entering the atmosphere due to our use
of more efficient electrical appliances.

Damn that’s
a lot of CO2…………. Or is it?

There’s a total
of roughly 800Gt (Gigatons) (798Gt actually) of CO2 in our atmosphere,
of which roughly 27Gt comes from man’s activities.

164M (Million)
Mt (Metric Tons) over 10 years = 16.4MMt per year = 1.6% of 1Gt
= 1.5 billionths of 1% of the atmosphere every year.

And this is
going to cost us how many billions of dollars?

Even if there
were any ill effects of adding more CO2 to the atmosphere, which
there aren’t, anyone who does the math here has to see how utterly
insane this is. I’ve heard some of the real experts say that doubling
the CO2 in the atmosphere of 387ppm Parts Per Million) would raise
our average temperatures less than 1°C, and even if that happened,
so what… warming is good !

They say this
is going to save us \$10BB over 30 years, that’s \$300 million per
year, but even though our government now talks about billions, as
if they were hundred dollar bills, those numbers are still deceiving.

This insanity
won’t be hard to measure in economic terms, but there’s another
measure of how much this will cost other than dollars, and if the
differently.

Rather than
just asking how much it will cost us to retrofit these appliances
in our homes, we should ask how energetic that retrofit is. To do
that, you have to add in all of the energy costs involved in making
the changes. For example, when you replace your water heater, you
have to ask how much fuel will be used by the plumber who brings
your new water heater to your home? How much fuel was used in shipping
the water heater from the manufacturer to the retail outlet where
you bought it? How much fuel was used in producing and transporting
all of the parts used to make the water heater to the manufacturer?
And how much fuel was used to produce and transport the raw materials
used to make those parts by the parts manufacturers. And that’s
just the fuel used.. What about the electricity used throughout
the process?

I’m guessing
that many will not get too upset over this. Their thinking will
be that since their water heater is probably going to last for no
more than another 5 years, it’s no big deal. Since they’ll have
to replace it anyway, why not replace it with a more efficient one
when they do? 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 in order to legally sell their home.

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April
12, 2010