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    Alright, here's a question for you guys.

    Since the 1970s, the energy cost of a refrigerator was about 2.4 kW/h a day. Since then that figure has fallen by a factor of about 4, to about .6kW/h a day and reducing our electricity generation needs by about 40 Gigawatts. As you know, what with rising oil prices and the blackouts this summer we are in a bit of an energy crunch. Would you be alright if the government went in and changed the regulations on residential refrigerators and required that all new refrigerators built and sold in the United States could not consume more than 400 watts a day? The technology already exists to go under that, and many refrigerators already on the market do, but by requiring the reduction we'd end up saving a lot of energy that would have otherwise probably have been imported from overseas or Canada as natural gas, increasing our foriegn energy dependency and CO2 emissions. Do you think this would be just?
     
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    I assume the regulations would be presented under the auspices of protecting Americas' national intersts?
    vital interests?
     
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    It comes under environment and the energy supply, the latter of which is closely related to Iran and terrorism.
     
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    I guess that would apply to cars that dont get 30 mpg too?
     
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    If you generalized. I just want to talk about this specific topic right now though. What do you think?
     
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    Limit refridgerators to only super efficient ones? Guess I would have to know all the consequences You own stock in them or what?
     
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    No, though I might look into it. The major consequences would probably be this.
    1. No inefficient residential refrigerators for purchase.
    2. Some factories would have to retool some of their assembly lines.
    3. Some suppliers would have to shift their production as well.
    4. We will in the longterm save several gigawatts of electricity, thereby reducing our natural gas, coal, and, too a lesser extent, oil dependency.
    5. Possible unknown consequences
     
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    Isn't the bottom line here that the government is telling corporations what kind of refrigerators they have to make and by default telling Individuals what kind they must buy?
     
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    Yes, that's what has always disturbed me about regulations, but I think that the benefits here outweigh the costs. We already have regulations on energy efficiency on numerous appliances dating back to Nixon, and I genuinely believe that they do "limit" freedom, they are responsible and for the betterment of the nation.
     
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    Double standards again. People will fight for thier right to burn a flag and at the same time tell you what kind of refigerator you have to purchase. The absurdity gives strong suspicion to other agendas driving the "protectors of civil rights".
     

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