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How 7 Crappy Green Products Threaten To Annoy Your Family

Remember the days before low-water toilets when you could use someone's bathroom without fear of humiliation?

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J. Christian Adams

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March 16, 2014 - 11:00 am
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Editor’s Note: This article was first published in January of 2013 as “7 Crappy Products, Courtesy of the Green Movement.” It is being reprinted as part of a new weekend series at PJ Lifestyle collecting and organizing the top 50 best lists. Where will this great piece end up on the list? Reader feedback will be factored in when the PJ Lifestyle Top 50 List Collection is completed in a few months… Click here to see the top 25 so far and to advocate for your favorites in the comments.

In the good old days, consumers got what they wanted. Supply and demand, not causes or ideology, governed product design and manufacturing. That’s why we have great American icons like the 1969 Chevy Camaro, the charcoal-burning Weber grill, and DDT.

But things have changed. The Green Movement’s worship of scarcity has changed the consumer landscape for the worse. Instead of big, powerful, and, most importantly, effective products, in 2012 consumers must suffer with pansy products. Sure, they are designed to save energy and make you feel good. But they just don’t work as well as the old, and usually cheaper, versions.

Below are seven crappy products we must endure, courtesy of the Green Movement.

1. Low Water Toilets

Any article with the headline above must start with low water toilets. Many of you will remember an age before the government decided water was scarce, when toilets could be counted on. In 1992, Congress passed the Energy Policy Act, and President George Bush signed it. It mandated a maximum flush capacity for toilets. Naturally, the 1992 version of the Green Movement was behind the law, and behind the Republican sponsor – Representative Philip Sharp of Indiana. Since Bush signed Sharp’s legislation, plunger sales have sky-rocketed. Sharp’s bad idea has caused some of the most embarrassing moments of people’s lives, especially when they are visiting someone else’s home.

Beware, the freaks next want to eliminate water in your toilet, as well as toilet paper.

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I often stay in hotels in CA. Of course, they all have lo-flo shower heads. However, I always pack a pair of channel-lock pliers (for removal of the shower heads) and a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove and discard the restrictor inside the head.

Works every time.
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Owning a house built long before this insanity, I'm under pressure by the eco-nazi's that run the city owned utilities to replace my toilets with newer, 1.6 gpf turd rinsers at least twice a year.

I laugh when I hear that San Fran has a problem that there's not enough water in the flush to move the waste down the sewer line, and it causes backups.

I'm hoping their green revolution is overcome by the brown backlash.
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you forgot the change in dishwasher detergent formula to go with the new washer. the new formulas won't even clean in the old washers without additives.
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Low flow shower heads are mandated in California. Even lower flow shower heads are mandated in San Francisco. Manufacturers cannot afford to ignore these markets so water logged Florida will be using these same products. Large, crony capitalist, factories actually benefit as it pushes smaller low cost factories to the margins of the market place.
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I often stay in hotels in CA. Of course, they all have lo-flo shower heads. However, I always pack a pair of channel-lock pliers (for removal of the shower heads) and a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove and discard the restrictor inside the head.

Works every time.
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I have found that a wet washcloth wrapped around the shower head fitting allows me to remove the shower head without packing tools! It has worked every time for me*. Just make sure to wrap the washcloth in the direction you want to turn the fitting.

*Your mileage (and hand strength) may vary.
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