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Death Panel for Plasmas?
Will a California regulation really ban plasmas and large-screen LCDs? A look at both sides of the issue.


The California Energy Commission (CEC) still plans to vote on a controversial television energy use requirement that could restrict the sale of inefficient TVs in the state, starting in 2011. Opponents to the plan, led by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), say the restrictions would effectively ban the sale of plasma-based TVs and many large-screen LCD TVs.

The CEC says the mandates will save Californians $18 to nearly $30 per year per television in energy costs. The CEA says it will cost the state $50 million annually in state tax revenue and destroy 4,600 jobs that are tied to TV sales, distribution and installation.

Seeing the “facts” disseminated from both sides of this issue is like watching the health care debate. I don’t know what to believe any more. Is California ordering up a death panel for plasmas? Or is it merely trying to offer its citizens more energy-saving opportunities and save itself from having to build more power plants?

True, the proposed regulations don’t ban big-screen TVs outright. But according to the CEA and an economic report the trade group contracted by Resolution Economics, the law could outlaw the sale of “80 percent of current 35-to-39-inch LCD TVs and 100 percent of current plasma TV models larger than 60 inches.” The CEC has its own sample of current TVs that would meet its requirements.
 

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I'm dealing with the CEC on another matter, but the same decision process. It could easily happen that they will just do what is easiest for them personally - the screw-up that they did with me was just laziness:mad:
 

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You have to be kidding me ban bigger tv's to save 18 bucks a year???? Your effing state is a joke. Do they seriously have nothing better to do.
 

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what a wonderful state, pretty soon ya'll will be paying to breathe, and that would include all smog days, come to think of it, that would be most every day.
 

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We have far too many "commissions" consisting of un-elected social engineers in positions of power in this state. Responsible to no one, they go about creating their vision of utopian society without the slightest interest whatsoever in what the people of the state, who pay the bills, want.
 

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Glad I bought my DLP already!

I am sure the wonderful libtards will give you an amnesty day to turn it in before the brown shirts show up and place you in custody.
 

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Socialism at its best...soon Cali will decide that watching tv wastes to much energy and ban energy supply according to what they deam acceptable...
 

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Socialism at its best...soon Cali will decide that watching tv wastes to much energy and ban energy supply according to what they deam acceptable...
Unless O is on which is almost daily!:|err
 

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You have to be kidding me ban bigger tv's to save 18 bucks a year???? Your effing state is a joke. Do they seriously have nothing better to do.
They're hardcore demoncrats. What do you expect? They know what's best for all of us. Questioning their brilliance is unpatriotic.
 

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You have to be kidding me ban bigger tv's to save 18 bucks a year???? Your effing state is a joke. Do they seriously have nothing better to do.
Thanks for reminding me....

They're hardcore demoncrats. What do you expect? They know what's best for all of us. Questioning their brilliance is unpatriotic.
Your correct and they are killing America as I know it.:mad:
 
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