It’s Just Like ‘Outer Limits’

We control the horizontal; we control the vertical.  Remember?  In North Carolina, apparently someone in the California Energy Commission thought they said “We control the heat; we control the A/C.

The California Energy Commission attempted earlier this year to mandate so-called “programmable communicating thermostats” in new and substantially remodeled homes. Utilities seeking to cut power consumption as shortages developed could have used a remote control device in the thermostat to override customer control. The device would not have been removable by the customer.

The outcry against that was described as “intense.”  Good.  I’m glad to see that bit of reflex against the state in our own homes.  Senate Bill 1491, the bill by State Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, would seek to prevent that.

McClintock’s bill would forbid the California Building Standards Commission from mandating such remote control. The commission has ultimate authority among state agencies over building standards. The bill specifies that voluntary installation of the thermostats could be allowed in a building standard.

SB 1491 is to be considered by the Senate’s policy committee, and no date has been set, McClintock said Wednesday.

“The intent of the bill is to assure that unelected bureaucrats can’t become so intrusive as to seek to monitor and control personal decisions like what temperature we can set our thermostats,” McClintock said.

There’s about 400 other ways for California to prevent a real energy crises within its borders, before they get to the point of controlling their resident’s actions.  Most of them start with encouraging more energy production by reducing and removing unnecessary restrictions on the industry.

H/T to Patterico at Patterico’s Pontifications.

We now return control of your CPU.

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