When I was in Iraq in 2003, I swore two things;
1) I’d never go camping in the desert again.
2) I’d always have ice in my house for cold drinks. Always. Period.
One of my first purchases when we came home in August of that year was a new refrigerator WITH built-in ice maker.
I hope that thing never breaks down (again), because soon Obama will rig it so I never get another one;
Ice makers are the latest target in the left’s ongoing war against the conveniences of modern life. Earlier this month, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued a report that may condemn this essential household item to the contraband list that already includes functional light bulbs, toilets, washing machines and showerheads.
Those looking for an easy way to cool down their drinks with ice cubes are guilty of increasing their refrigerator’s energy consumption by about 12 to 20 percent. That’s unacceptable to global-warming alarmists at the Department of Energy (DOE) who are hard at work finalizing regulatory standards for the fridge. The proposed changes will increase prices by an estimated $2 billion per year, but DOE justifies this added expense by claiming consumers would save $37 in electricity costs over the lifetime of a typical side-by-side.
Hear that? Okay…”read” that? I even highlighted it.
With every ice maker in America rudely yanked from our collective kitchen fridges, the total cost probably wouldn’t even touch the cost of one Obama Pizza Dash mission to Chicago.
But rest assured, he won’t take away your ice makers, he’ll only make it so costly for manufacturers to make them it won’t be worth it. Read further;
Distributing a product that fails to meet with Ms. Hogan’s [Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan] approval carries a typical fine of $7,300 per item. That adds up quickly. Last year, DOE accused a company of producing a showerhead that worked a little bit too well. For this “crime,” DOE demanded payment of $1.9 million and destruction of this highly effective product.
That’s per item. Every ice maker found to be even slightly out of compliance could conceivably cost manufacturers millions of dollars, which of course would be passed on to you in higher per-unit costs.
Next target will no doubt be store-bought bagged ice…the sheep are restless…