In his Inaugural Speech last week, President Obama described action to limit climate change as both a moral imperative and smart economic policy. Calling for American leadership, he said, “We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries—we must claim its promise.”
A new report published last week by the anti-regulatory Mercatus Center (an advocacy outfit associated with the Koch brothers) took aim at appliance and vehicle efficiency standards. In the report, the authors argue that standards reduce consumer choice and are not justified because the environmental benefits are small and consumer benefits are non-existent.
New Clothes Washer and Dishwasher Standards Will Save Consumers Loads of Money, Protect the Environment
Most Efficient Products Also Best at Cleaning
Washington, D.C.—Energy and water efficiency standards released today by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will deliver clothes washers that use as much as 35 percent less energy and water and dishwashers that use about 14 percent less energy and 23 percent less water.
New Study Finds Typical Household Will Save $10,000 from 2010-25; Enormous National Energy and Water Savings Gained
Washington, D.C.—National efficiency standards for appliances, lighting, and other equipment will save consumers and businesses more than $1.1 trillion and dramatically reduce greenhouse gas pollution and other emissions by 2035, according to The Efficiency Boom: Cashing In on the Savings from Appliance Standards, a study released today.
Proposed DOE Standards for Transformers Sacrifice Billions of Dollars in Savings to Protect Old Technology
Efficiency and Environmental Groups Strongly Criticize Weak Proposal