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Energy Star Approves Gas Powered Clock

From the Seattle Times:

Phony products impress federal Energy Star program

By Clement Tan

March 26, 2010

WASHINGTON — Federal investigators who submitted phony products, such as a gasoline-powered alarm clock, to the government’s energy-efficiency certification program found it easy to obtain approval and say the program is "vulnerable to fraud and abuse."

Investigators with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said they obtained Energy Star approval for 15 of 20 fictitious products they submitted for certification with fake energy-savings claims. Two were rejected and three did not receive a response

Among the phony products that obtained Energy Star certification was a "room air cleaner" that, in a picture prominently displayed on the Web site of a bogus company, showed an electric space heater with a feather duster and strips of fly paper attached to it. [Photo at right.]

"Certification controls were ineffective primarily because Energy Star does not verify energy-savings data reported by manufacturers," investigators said in a GAO report released Friday.

Work for the investigation, undertaken at the request of Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, started last June and did not involve products that are already certified and available to the public…

In a joint statement, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, which jointly manage the program, vowed to improve certifying standards. A representative said they had received initial notification of the findings in February.

Gosh, the government is easy to hoodwink.

Luckily, that will never happen when they control 1/6th of our economy and little things like medical devices.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, March 27th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Energy Star Approves Gas Powered Clock”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “Luckily, that will never happen when they control 1/6th of our economy and little things like medical devices.

    Given a gas-powered clock, can a gas-powered sphygmomanometer be far behind?

    • jobeth says:

      If so we are going to need it.

    • JohnMG says:

      Good Grief, Rusty……I can’t even say sphygmoman….smygnogonorrhea…….snopholofag…….syphi……Stephanoph…….. blood pressure cuff, much less spell it.

      But I can see how it would work——take a short length of surgical tubing, hook it up to a rectal enema syringe, hook the other end up to the cuff–voila!! Powered by either natural gas…..or wind. Saves energy too.

      The possibilities are endless. We can apply this technology to the tooth brush, shaver, (works for both ladies AND men) the curling iron and hair dryer………..

    • jobeth says:

      With Obama-lesscare I can easily see that happening.

      Sounds like a great way to save money and recycle too!

      The progressives will be thrilled!

  2. proreason says:

    Gosh, the government is easy to hoodwink

    Apparently not as easy as the voters.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    “EPA uses a systematic and transparent process in establishing the requirements a product has to meet to earn the label. These requirements are updated on a regular basis consistent with a solid track record of keeping pace with technological and market advances in energy efficiency.” EPA’s Response to Washington Post Article (February 2010)

    And in that report they found that EPA was basically handing out the label to any device that marginally could be called “energy efficient.”

    In fact, it would seem even the EPA/DOE realize that the program has barely worked only because there’s a private market incentive to use it in the first place: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=news.gao_report_response

    But sure, we can’t see any problem with these people running health care.

  4. pianogirl88 says:

    Brought to you by the same people who still believe in the global warming hoax…they must think we are really dumb or gullible. Oh yes, the election of 2008 proves that notion.

  5. U NO HOO says:

    I know some guys who built a pneumatic coriscator.

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