Court Orders U.S. Energy Department to Set Efficiency Standards

The Heartland Institute cites General Counsel Sam Kazman on appliance efficieny standards:

The government should stop dictating appliance standards and instead allow consumers to express what characteristics of appliances are most important to them based on their purchases in the market, says Sam Kazman, general counsel at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

“Government promises of significant savings over time, despite often significant upfront costs, do not always hold true,” Kazman said. “All efficiency regulations suffer from the fallacy that we cannot trust consumers to make good choices, but if the savings are clear-cut, there is no need for a mandate.”

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