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Old 03-25-2009, 04:02 AM   #1
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In their continuing quest to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, state regulators have uncovered a new villain in the war on global warming : your big screen TV

Couch potatoes, beware.

The California Energy Commission is considering a proposal that would ban California retailers from selling all but the most energy-efficient televisions. Critics say the news standards could take 25 percent of televisions off the market — most of them 40 inches or larger.

“The larger the television, the more at risk it is of being banned unnecessarily in California,” said Douglas Johnson, senior director of technology police for the Consumer Electronics Association.

Association officials say the standards are not only unnecessary – because the federal government already regulates energy efficiency through the voluntary Energy Star program — but also ill-timed. The last thing our economy needs now is products taken off the market, they say.

Furthermore, they say that with a weak economy, consumers are going out less and watching TV more.

“This is really about regulating entertainment, not energy use,” Johnson said.

Poppycock, says the commission.

Affordable big screen TVs will still be available under the new standards, spokesman Adam Gottlieb said. In fact, he said the regulations will save you money.

The commission calculates that if you buy televisions meeting the proposed standards it’ll cut your annual energy use by — drum roll, please — $18 to $30 per television per year.

“I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like to save money,” Gottlieb said.

Gottlieb said the commission is exploring the regulations to reduce the strain on the energy grid and to avoid building new power plants.

Televisions are the fastest growing consumer appliance in California. Californians are buying bigger TVs, and more of them. If something doesn’t happen, televisions are going to devour a bigger and bigger piece of the state’s power grid, which means we’ll need more power plants. More power plants mean more greenhouse gas emissions.

“Consumers aren’t aware of the hidden cost of powering these things,” Gottlieb said.

Gottlieb insisted that the regulations wouldn’t eliminate big screens from California stores. But the commission’s own draft report says TV energy use is “proportional to the screen size.” And there’s no doubt the regulations will limit energy use.

So if you’re in the market for big screen TV, now might be the time to buy. The regulations are expected to be approved this summer.

Want to weigh in? Email the Energy Commission with your comments at appliances@energy.state.ca.us.
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Old 03-25-2009, 05:04 AM   #2
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Wow........I don't think I like all of California's laws. Might be a good business to get into right now..........selling large screen TV's.
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Old 03-25-2009, 05:56 AM   #3
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California's Gubment, or the Fed. O_o
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Old 03-25-2009, 06:10 AM   #4
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i think we should divide that state amongst it peers and pretend it never happened
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Old 03-25-2009, 11:40 AM   #5
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Umm .....





WHAT?????


Who the hell do they think they are ......

I could not live there, that don't make sense, Did not know my 40 inch Samsung had a smog level, f-ing idiots

I could not live there ... AT ALL
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Old 03-25-2009, 11:54 AM   #6
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And you wonder why California is bankrupt!!! People are leaving in masses. If they keep leaving maybe they won't have a need to build new plants. Empty homes and aparments don't require much energy. Global Warming is a HOAX being pulled over the eyes of the uneducated.
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Old 03-25-2009, 11:59 AM   #7
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Way to bankrupt the pritvate business in CA. People will just go buy them across the nearest boarder or have them shipped. Might be a good time to open an electronics store just outside of CA.

Like I said before, one of Americas biggest problems is California.

I wonder if Alec Baldwin or Barbara Streisand will give up their TVs
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Old 03-25-2009, 12:07 PM   #8
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One thing after another. Boy, I tell ya....they say the world is coming to an end in 2012...and some actually have to ask how we know this.

Please...if the gov't continues this crap, the people will change everything guaranteed....and not in a nice way.
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Old 03-25-2009, 12:09 PM   #9
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Old 03-25-2009, 12:11 PM   #10
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I don't care if the cops come pull me away from my computer for saying this... I really hate this state sometimes. If everything and everyone I knew wasn't here I'd leave.

You hear that California??? I'd go, if I had a choice!!!

I know. Doesn't make any difference...

*sigh*
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Old 03-25-2009, 12:14 PM   #11
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Old 03-25-2009, 12:20 PM   #12
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That is freaking assinine. How does anyone even stand to live in the "land of fruits and nuts"? TVs using more power, thus more "greenhouse" gases emmited= ban big screens. Unfreakin believable! How long are people going to put up with this crap? Global warming is BS and the entire state of California can break off and fall into the ocean.....talk about idiots running the asylum!
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Old 03-25-2009, 02:27 PM   #13
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One thing after another. Boy, I tell ya....they say the world is coming to an end in 2012...and some actually have to ask how we know this.
Please...if the gov't continues this crap, the people will change everything guaranteed....and not in a nice way.
You're exactly right TAG. It's rapidly coming to that point just for reasons like this. And the way this country's headed, I'm going to be glad when it happens.
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Old 03-25-2009, 04:18 PM   #14
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good thing i have a projector as the tv
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Old 03-25-2009, 04:40 PM   #15
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Ahhh. the land of fruit and nuts!!
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Old 03-25-2009, 05:11 PM   #16
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OMG, In the words of John McClain! F'n California!
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And all along I thought my Cali buddies were just kidding me when they said they live in commi land.
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Old 03-25-2009, 05:48 PM   #18
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And all along I thought my Cali buddies were just kidding me when they said they live in commi land.
Psh, that's not even an exaggeration.
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Psh, that's not even an exaggeration.
it's almost an understatement
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