Yet another example of the exemption the political class provide themselves when it benefits them became apparent today, this time with regards to “green” policy.
As Leftlane pointed out in the original article about Obama’s new energy plan, there was already a loophole of sorts that would allow E85 approved vehicles including full-size SUVs to qualify as “advanced technology vehicles,” but now a new announcement by the U.S. Secret Service has revealed that federal vehicles used in certain capacities will also be exempt from the law.
These are the same people who have outlawed your standard incandescent light bulbs. The government has no business being a nanny forcing people to expend money on a particular product. If a homeowner wants to pay a higher electricity bill that’s his business. Frankly I find CFLs considerably worse for the environment given the heavy metals, lead, and other materials required for manufacturing. A CFL is actually hazardous waste, how many are going to be thrown out as standard garbage? Couple this with the fact that fluorescent lights give many people headaches, lack of color quality for photography, and their inability to be used with dimmer circuits, you have to wonder why anyone would force this issue.
It ends up it was political. Doing this provided the excuse GE needed to close the last light bulb manufacturing plant they had in the states and move the work to China. Remember the CEO of GE is buddies with Obama, and they escaped their tax burden for the year.
Anyone who thinks that “green” policies are done for the environment, wake the hell up please. Politicians are using it to gain power. You lead by doing, these people aren’t leading, they are forcing us to do this and it doesn’t actually benefit us or the environment. I think Dogbert said it best.