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July 10, 2013 - 9:05 am

At least, that’s the eventual result:

In a seemingly innocuous revision of its Energy Star efficiency requirements announced June 27, the Environmental Protection Agency included an “optional” requirement for a “smart-grid” connection for customers to electronically connect their refrigerators or freezers with a utility provider.

The feature lets the utility provider regulate the appliances’ power consumption, “including curtailing operations during more expensive peak-demand times.”

So far, manufacturers are not required to include the feature, only “encouraged,” and consumers must still give permission to turn it on. But with the Obama administration’s renewed focus on fighting mythical climate change, we expect it to become mandatory to save the planet from the perils of keeping your beer too cold.

I know I’m about to sound like a conspiracy nut, but hear me out on this.

The Administration’s war on cheap electricity, new regulations to raise the price of air conditioning, its determination to drive up gas prices, new CAFE standards to make our cars smaller, the high speed rail boondoggles…

I’m starting to suspect all of these things are designed to force people out of the Sun Belt suburbs and back into cold northern cities. Where, presumably, they’ll go back to voting Democrat.

Do you have a better explanation? Because I hope I’m not just going crazy.

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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You're not "just" going crazy. Driving us crazy -- with his endless intrusions in our lives and lies, lies, lies -- is the point. :)
1 year ago
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"...the Environmental Protection Agency included an “optional” requirement..."

What the hell is an optional requirement?
1 year ago
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Lefties hate that people chose to live in suburbs and the country because those people aren't as easy to control. Can't cut off someone's water when they have a well; can't starve someone who can plant a garden.
1 year ago
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It's all a part of what New Urbanists (without any trace of irony) like to call "The Village" concept. And yes, it is key to the UN's Agenda 21. People are not to leave their neighborhoods, and if they do, they will take public transportation, bike to work, or do the coolie shuffle. In the home, utility and telecommunication use will be monitored, measured and - above all - controlled. No, freedom doesn't figure in when the goal is "sustainability."
1 year ago
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I believe that Obama wants equality of condition for as many people as possible. He does't like the notion that a rising tide lifts all boats because some boats will still be bigger than others. His alternative to achieve "equality" is to impose costs on achievers to impose an added burden.

If we can't all achieve in common then perhaps we can all suffer more similarly.
1 year ago
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You know, I had always thought that Lenin/Stalin, Mao, Mussolini (and the guy to the latter's north) always wanted to improve society, make everyone's life better.

They may (actually were) have been wrong about how to do it and were thoroughly evil in their methods and tactics, but I assumed they wanted to catch up to modern, Western societies (Germany already was, but still there was the idea of scientifically making it even better.)

I had always assumed that Pol Pot's version of marxism, turning everyone out of the cities, going back to an agrarian society was a one-off oddity.

But now, with the Left looking to curtail our use of airlines and long drives, along with higher electricity prices and rationed healthcare, it seems as if, rather than trying to evolve society, they want us to devolve. Progressives who want society to regress.
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Devolution has been part of the American left's utopian dream since the '60s. An agrarian society, the barter system, low or no technology, tribalism, "it takes a village" communal child-rearing, lots of animals un-neutered and un-spayed so that they could enjoy natural sex just like their masters and lots of the drugs provided by The Great Mother Earth (as well as those produced in a chem lab). The communes that sprang up all over the country had much in common, especially the wait for the government welfare checks to come in.
1 year ago
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Believe me, Steve. Most Massholes (and pretty much every other northern "machine" voter demo. from Chicago to Tammany Hall) want those gun-lovin', bible-thumpin', freedom-worshippin' types to stay in New Dixieland!
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