It looks like President Obama is trying to move Americans into a nanny state. He said his energy policies will cause our electric bills to "skyrocket" and he warned we can no longer set our thermostats at 72 degrees. Where are the groups that talk about the right to privacy, limited government, and keeping the government out of our bedrooms and bathrooms? It was bad enough when the progressives and busybody bureaucrats told us the "village" should raise our children, but now they want to manage our household appliances.
The busybodies have ruled that we can't use detergents in our dishwashers that wash our dishes clean. They have restricted the water flow in our toilets, so they cannot do what toilets are supposed to do, and in our shower heads, to deny us an efficient body wash. If the environmental purpose is to reduce our water usage, the restraints on toilets and dishwater detergents don't accomplish that goal. I now must use more water to pre-wash my dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. Most of these nanny-state regulations go into effect without notice to the public, so few realized the change when the boxes of Cascade changed from green to chartreuse. San Francisco spent $100 million to deal with the awful smell emitted in sewer pipes because of backed-up sludge caused by low-flow toilets. The cost includes putting 9,000,000 pounds of bleach in the water supply to try to dispel the stench.
The Obama Administration also announced new CAFE (corporate average fuel economy) standards to require that fuel efficiency for cars and light trucks must go up to 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025. If our goal is energy independence, there are so many better ways to achieve that goal such as drilling for oil in places where it is now forbidden.
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