How to make life miserable? In pursuit of a cleaner planet, here are some things that will make us all more equitably bleak.
Snuff out incandescent lights for good has continued despite the clear preferences of consumers, particularly low-income Americans.
In 2018, University of Michigan researchers found that high-efficiency LED light bulbs “are more expensive and less available in high-poverty urban areas than in more affluent locations” and that the cost to upgrade “was twice as high in the highest-poverty areas.” Not only is the expense a burden; some LED adopters aren’t satisfied with the quality of light the new bulbs produce.
Like a Stay in a Hospital Room
What? You like the ambiance and warmish light emitting from an incandescent lightbulb? Its naturalness, you say, is both relaxing and aesthetically pleasing? Well, good luck with that, buddy. Maybe you can buy them on the black market while you’re settling with your local cocaine dealer?
LEDs, which run cooler, give off a sterile hospital effect. Noah Rothman in NRO reminds readers why so many of us hate LEDs.
A French study found that the bright, blue-leaning white light emitted by LEDs is unnatural to humans and can actually cause health issues. LEDs are said to trigger migraines, eye strain, insomnia and dizziness and to increase stress. No wonder blue light-blocking glasses are perennial bestsellers on Amazon.
Smothering Gas Stoves
The normally sleepy Consumer Product Safety Agency went into overdrive, donning its greens. When Republicans unveiled legislation to prevent federal authorities from taking away the superior cooking fuel, the Biden administration, aided by CPSA Commissioner Rich Trumka, Jr., said that it opposed the bill, reports Amber Athey in Spectator.
New York recently followed the trend by asking restaurants with wood- and coal-fired pizza oven to cut their emissions by 75 percent. Apparently, if you prefer to cook on a surface that actually heats food evenly and has greater temperature control — the kind preferred by most professional chefs — you have to reckon with the fact that you’re going to give a bunch of kids asthma. At least, that’s what the expert “studies” funded by pro-renewable energy groups say.
The Green New Deal-esque Flushing Toilets
Besides taking away a bunch of things Americans enjoy using, these Green New Deal-esque restrictions are often self-defeating. A toilet is going to use more water if you have to flush it multiple times after a bathroom trip. A low-flow shower head is wasting water if you have to stay in the shower five minutes longer to get all of the shampoo out of your hair. How many cycles does a “high efficiency” washer and dryer set need to run until your clothes are actually clean and dry? How about a dishwasher that doesn’t actually clean your dishes on the first try?
The Last Straw: Ditch Your Cocktails
Don’t kid yourself, the Left isn’t going to stop with your gas cars or appliances, promises Amber Athey. Next up, we’ll be asked to ditch our cocktails. That’s while we are dizzily squinting under the unnatural blue, bright light emitting from your government-mandated lightbulbs. No wonder we’re cross.
An article published in Scientific American last month tried to convince people to cut back on ice in their cocktails. Seriously.
“Energy wasted from ice is largely because of in-house ice machines, which many — if not most — bars and restaurants use to maintain their steady ice supply. Ice machines run continually until they are full, potentially for several hours at a time.”
No Gas, Water Pressure, Ambient Lighting
Who is going to take the brunt of the consequences of this war on what works? Certainly not the elites., blurts out Ms. Athley.
They can afford to get their hair washed and styled on the regular or to bring in a maid who runs the clothes through the wash multiple times.
For middle-class Americans, the modern convenience of our supposedly environmentally unfriendly appliances makes their life a bit easier and better. That is worth something — and it needs to be heavily weighed against the often-fantastical claims that having a spa-like shower is going to destroy the planet.
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