Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Can The Government Regulate Cap And Trade When It Can't Handle Energy Star?

While in the business of handing out $300 million in stimulus rebates to consumers who purchase Energy Star rated appliances, the US Department of Energy acknowledges in an internal audit that that it does not properly track whether products labeled with the Energy Star actually meet the required specifications for energy efficiency. Windows, and certain lighting products carrying the Energy Star label have to be tested by independent labs, but manufacturers can self-certify refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, water heaters and room air conditioners, and certain manufacturers, as well as Consumer Reports, note that tests have shown certain Energy Star labeled appliances do not live up to federal requirements.

The internal audit noted that promised retail assessments of Energy Star labeled products have often not materialized, and that when the Department of Energy does find non-conforming products in stores, it is not following through to see that the Energy Star labels are removed from the non-conforming goods.
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