January 31, 2009

California To Ban Fun

California will soon pass a law banning most big screen TV's

The California Energy Commission is expected to adopt rules this summer requiring retailers by 2011 to sell only TVs that meet guidelines of the federal Energy Star program, which is generally voluntary. The proposal includes labeling that tells California buyers how much of their utility bill goes to powering their flat-screen.

First Cars, now TV's, I wonder what is next? Computers?

Industry leaders also say the proposed standards threaten to limit consumer choice, drive shoppers to the Internet and put specialty retailers out of business. Nearly a quarter of all flat-screen TVs—and all but one plasma TV on the market today— would not be allowed for sale in California once the rules are fully implemented, according to the Plasma Display Coalition.

"It's setting a limit that many TVs that are larger and more fully featured could not meet," said Doug Johnson, a technology expert at the Consumer Electronics Association. "It appears to be an effort to really regulate entertainment, not energy use." (emphasis mine)

Welcome to socialist rule.

Posted by Quality Weenie at January 31, 2009 11:49 AM | TrackBack

HOLY crap. I vowed never to be shocked at anything government does anymore, but still....! Geez.

Posted by: pam at January 31, 2009 03:02 PM

I'm stunned. Holy crap...

Posted by: Bou at January 31, 2009 11:36 PM

Funny thing is- if the people let it happen, that is, do nothing- then they deserve what they get.

No response IS a response.

Want to change it? Get on the Energy Commission!
Do NOT end up like Britain and the gun ban!

Posted by: Rave at February 1, 2009 10:47 AM

NOOOOOO!!!!! No WAY!!!

I'm so registering to vote the next time I'm actually in the town I live in.

That makes my HEAD explode!

Posted by: Tammi at February 1, 2009 11:44 PM