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Tuesday, January 08, 2008


I live in California, one of the states in the Union that prides itself for being on the cutting edge of every screwball, hair brain piece of legislation designed to regulate a person's existence for the "common" good.

The latest attempt: PCTs. These things go way beyond worthless florescents vs. incandescent light bulbs. Read the entire review:

Who will control your thermostat?

California is re-tooling its state-wide standards for building energy efficiency. Some of the new regulations are wise, but the ones which are not move from being just draconian to bordering on futuristic, Orwellian society in which "love" is outlawed.

The latest brain-child birthed in the ivory towers from our environmental protecting overlords will seize control over your ability to adjust the temperature in your house to your choosing in the event of a power emergency during a heat wave.

Here's the key line from the article:

Every new home and every change to existing homes' central heating and air conditioning systems will required to be fitted with a PCT beginning next year following the issuance of the revision. Each PCT will be fitted with a "non-removable " FM receiver that will allow the power authorities to increase your air conditioning temperature setpoint or decrease your heater temperature setpoint to any value they chose. During "price events" those changes are limited to +/- four degrees F and you would be able to manually override the changes. During "emergency events" the new setpoints can be whatever the power authority desires and you would not be able to alter them. In other words, the temperature of your home will no longer be yours to control. Your desires and needs can and will be overridden by the state of California through its public and private utility organizations. All this is for the common good, of course.

This new standard will exempt the good portion of the elites in California. You know, folks like Steven Spielberg and Barbara Streisand and a good portion of the legislatures who cook up privacy invading regulations like PCTs. That is because they can afford to live in emperor decadence along the coast where, as the article goes on to point out, air conditioning is never needed. Me, the normal guy who sweats like a pig even when its 85, will have to turn to my Vornado for the hope of some potential relief during the next August heat wave.

You folks laughing it up in Virginia or Georgia at how goofy California is just keep laughing. Remember, it starts here and slowly creeps eastward.

I'm curious if Steve has any positive comments? Should PCTs be a welcomed friend for our brave new environmental world?



Blogger Rick said...

On a Northeastern winter night in a hospital ER, I noticed a plastic cup filled with ice and medical-taped on top of the thermostat. "We can't change the setting, but we can change the reading."

I predict that the effectiveness of the PCTs is doomed, even if they actually find their way into homes.

Otherwise, I agree with you that this is "Big Brother" at "his" best; Hillary for President, if we want this to go national.

9:35 AM, January 08, 2008  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

In that case it was probably some tight-wad HR manager who wanted to make sure the hospital was saving money. This is a government pencil neck 300 miles away determining how WE personally use our air conditioner.

I think Osama Bama would go along as well.


11:31 AM, January 08, 2008  
Blogger Steve said...


Think of it as analogous to common grace. If it weren't for this sort of government intrusion upon your freedoms, you consumption-frenzied Californians would suck every ounce of available energy dry.

Thank God the government doesn't let you go so far as you are naturally inclined to do. We New Englanders, on the other hand, demonstrate the sort of self-control that doesn't require such regulations. We know when it's time to turn down the AC, swap out an incandescent for fluorescent, turn off the water sprinklers or throw on another blanket.

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11:55 AM, January 08, 2008  
Blogger Impacted Wisdom Truth said...

Fred, where is the link to the article?

8:26 PM, January 08, 2008  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

Fixed it.
Sorry about that.


9:34 PM, January 08, 2008  

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