Living With Idiots

We all do sometimes, but it seems that in California, we have many more than our share, and I don’t speak politically.

With all the energy problems that this state has, I can see a need to discuss concepts like energy consumption of things, and almost can see the possible surtax levied on things considered by a majority to be overly wasteful.

But that is not what is happening.

Here in California, some dim bulb has decided that it would be alright to try and regulate the maximum size television that will be allowed to be sold in this state.

from ZDNet

California has long been at the leading edge of energy conservation, for better and, sometimes, for worse. Case in point: The California Energy Commission has proposed set power-usage limits on television sets that manufacturers would have to meet in order to sell those TVs in the state. If adopted, the limits would effectively prevent any plasma HDTV larger than 60-inches using current technology from being commercially available in the Golden State.

Needless, mom-and-pop TV shops in California aren’t too happy with the idea, and a recent survey conducted by Zogby International suggests a majority of residents think such regulations go too far. That may not be entirely shocking, but what’s somewhat surprising is that the percentage is lower than you might think: 57 percent oppose the proposal, which means more than two in five Californians agree with the idea that large TVs shouldn’t be sold in the state.

While this feels like regulatory zeal gone a little too far, the green revolution is having an impact on HDTV manufacturing. LCDs and even plasmas have become more energy efficient, thanks in part to more stringent requirements for Energy Star certification. And as LED-backlit LCD HDTVs reach mainstream prices and OLED sets become more prevalent, their energy efficiency will save even more power than conventional LCDs. (I don’t suppose we’ll be seeing a cash-for-clunkers style promotion for less power-thirsty HDTVs, however.)

I’m all for efficiency, but pushing certain televisions out of the state, because of their power requirements, would only start a small, but certain train of people going to neighboring states, purchasing their sets, and coming back home with them.

This would be an annoyance, certainly, but would do nothing to stop those who wanted the sets. These brain-dead hoseheads that are pondering this apparently don’t realize those who want these sets are certainly well off enough to plan a family junket to Oregon, Nevada, or Arizona, to bring back a television, while the family also enjoys an outing to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, or the cooler parts of Oregon. It would be similar to purchasing a 49-states car in the ’70s, and bringing it into California, because you wanted a car that was not choked off by the poorly considered smog equipment of that time. People that wanted those LT-1 Corvettes and Camaros, Boss Fords, and Hemi ‘Cudas still got them into California, it just took a bit more planning.

So it will be with large televisions.

The California Energy Commission clearly has too much time on its hands, and probably needs a personnel shake-up, as well.

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