The climate change-crazed Biden administration now plans to come after your ceiling fans.
In a continuous war against American living standards, the Department of Energy (DOE) proposed a rule requiring ceiling fans to be more energy efficient.
Although the DOE claims the rule would save money for households, Republican lawmakers said it would put small manufacturers out of business.
— Mary (@matjendav4) August 26, 2023
Fox Business reports:
According to the Energy Department’s analysis, the new rules would save households about $39 over the lifespan of the new energy-efficient fan. However, the cost to manufacturers associated with the increased equipment will total $86.6 million per year, the department said.
Republicans on the House Committee on Small Business say that if the rule goes into effect, it could put small manufacturers out of business, given the costs the companies would incur in order to comply with the changes.
“This rule would require numerous small business fan manufacturers to redesign their products and may put between 10 and 30 percent of small business ceiling fan manufacturers out of business,” the GOP members of the committee wrote in a letter to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Thursday. “It appears that the Department of Energy (DOE) may not have properly considered small entities during this rulemaking process.”
In a statement to FOX Business on Friday, a DOE spokesperson defended the potential new rule changes, saying, “These proposed standards, which are required by Congress, wouldn’t take effect until 2028, would give Americans more energy efficient options to choose from, and would save hardworking taxpayers up to $369 million per year, while substantially reducing harmful air pollution — a crucial fact that some have conveniently failed to mention.”
“First, they went after your car. Then, they targeted your gas stoves. Now, they are coming for your ceiling fans. America will continue to reject the Biden Climate Police’s authoritarianism,” said Rep. Ben Cline (R-VA).
First, they went after your car.
Then, they targeted your gas stoves.
Now, they are coming for your ceiling fans.
America will continue to reject the Biden Climate Police’s authoritarianism.
— Congressman Ben Cline (@RepBenCline) August 25, 2023
“We are not coming for your ceiling fans. Has anyone lost their gas stove yet?” Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) sarcastically said.
We are not coming for your ceiling fans. Has anyone lost their gas stove yet? https://t.co/HqyaKJPApD
— Jared Moskowitz 🟧 (@JaredEMoskowitz) August 25, 2023
The Hill added:
Efficiency standards for home appliances have become culture war flashpoints under the Biden administration. The administration has restored a number of efficiency rules rolled back under the Trump administration, including for shower heads, water heaters and gas furnaces.
The most umbrage, however, has been reserved for efficiency regulations over gas stoves, beginning last year when Consumer Product Safety Commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. approved a request for information on hazards associated with the devices, which the CPSC formalized in March. Although Trumka has said there are no plans to ban gas stoves, House Republicans have introduced formal legislation this year to legally prevent such a ban.