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Old 2010-03-26, 16:04   #12
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Default U.S. Energy Star ratings “not verifiable”

Slightly closer to home - I post this here because the global warming thread has gotten so long:

Energy Star Appliances May Not All Be Efficient, Audit Finds: The Energy Department has concluded in an internal audit that it does not properly track whether manufacturers that give their appliances an Energy Star label have met the required specifications for energy efficiency.
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Some manufacturers could therefore be putting the stickers on unqualified products, according to the audit, by the Energy Department’s inspector general, Gregory H. Friedman.

The Energy Star program, jointly managed by the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, has benefited from a renewed emphasis by the Obama administration, as a mechanism for reducing the waste of energy and curbing resulting greenhouse gas emissions. Under the federal stimulus bill, $300 million will go to rebates for consumers who buy Energy Star products.

Some consumers choose energy-efficient appliances for the same reason they might choose a car with good fuel economy: to save money or reduce the environmental impact.

Teams from the Energy Department and the E.P.A. oversee different categories of products. Last December, the environmental agency’s inspector general said the Energy Star ratings for products it oversees, like computers and television sets, were “not accurate or verifiable” because of weak oversight by the agency.

The Energy Department vowed then to scrutinize its performance in evaluating the products that it oversees, like windows, dishwashers, washing machines and refrigerators.

The new audit, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times, indicates that the Energy Department has also fallen far short. Those shortcomings “could reduce consumer confidence in the integrity of the Energy Star label,” according to the department’s inspector general. The audit is to be submitted to Energy Secretary Steven Chu this week. While the Energy Department requires manufacturers of windows and L.E.D. and fluorescent lighting to have independent laboratories evaluate their products, the report said, companies that make refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, water heaters and room air-conditioners, which consume far more energy, can certify those appliances themselves.

One refrigerator manufacturer tipped off the Energy Department that some models from a competitor that carried the Energy Star label did not meet the criteria, the audit said. That problem was also described by Consumer Reports magazine in October 2008 about tests it had conducted. In a settlement last year, the manufacturer, LG of South Korea, agreed to modify circuit boards in the machines already sold, to reduce their consumption and to compensate consumers for the extra power consumed.

The report also noted that while the government said in 2007 that it would conduct “retail assessments” to ensure that all the products carrying the Energy Star logo deserved them, it is still not doing so for windows, doors, skylights, water heaters and solid-state lighting. And the department is not following through to ensure that when inappropriately labeled products are identified, the labels are actually taken off, the audit said.
My Comment: Wow - allowing manufacturers to self-certify ... kinda reminds me of how the SEC "regulates" the financial industry:

SEC Investigator: Mr. Madoff, we have been supplied with highly credible reports indicating that your investment firm is nothing other than the largest Ponzi scheme in history. Is, or is not, your investment firm is nothing other than the largest Ponzi scheme in history?

Bernie M.: It most certainly is not.

SEC Investigator: Thank you Mr. Madoff - have a nice day, and we appreciate the fine lunch and the lovely prospectus. Someone in our HR division will be contacting you about adding your firm`s investment funds as options in the SEC employee 401(k) plans.
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Wolf Richter offers an economic take on things (PMI = purchasing managers' index):

China’s Non-Manufacturing & Manufacturing PMIs Show to What Unfathomable Extent the Economy Has Collapsed | Wolf Street
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Might that be related to C-19? People staying home.
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Might that be related to C-19? People staying home.
Not "might", "is a direct result of". The mass lockdowns and fear about the virus have caused a very significant fraction of Chinese manufacturing and other economic activity to be shut down. We're talking Great-Depression-like losses of production.
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I noticed that to locations in Texas got woese.
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I noticed that to locations in Texas got woese.
Population growth + no stay-at-home orders?
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