President Obama declared February 5th that all delayed appliance efficiency standards will be completed by August 2009. All standards that had commonly missed their deadlines will be pushed onward to completion.
Just stand back and consider what has not been said:
1) That the power of manufacturers to delay the tightening of the regulatory screw is lost. The power to dumb down the efficiency challenge, is gone. In a stable economy, the screams of one industry can be heard, and quietly tended to. In a thrashing economy in free fall, save your breath; no one can hear you, and no one cares.
2) That our nations greatest energy finds are in our homes and kitchens and cars. That regulations will be formulated not primarily to saving consumer’s money, though that will be one effect, but to recover our nation’s energy independence and recover the hundreds of billions $ sent overseas for imported oil.