U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, a member of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement after passage of an amendment he introduced with Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to fight back against burdensome regulations being imposed on American ceiling fan manufacturers by the Obama Administration's Department of Energy (DOE).
"The disregard the Obama Energy Department bureaucrats have for the practical implications of their red tape is outrageous. Instead of enacting policies to ensure Americans have access to abundant, affordable energy--the life blood of our economy--they are issuing regulations attacking ceiling fans, the most energy efficient cooling devices on the market. These counterproductive regulations will only drive up the prices of ceiling fans and encourage the use of less energy efficient cooling systems. This is yet another example of this administration double dipping in the pockets of Americans: using taxpayer dollars to raise prices on consumers," said Rokita.
Blackburn added, "These new regulations will curb increased consumer trends, which currently include placing ceiling fans in laundry rooms, closets and master bathrooms. In short, new DOE regulations will increase energy use, decrease consumer choice, and increase the price tag for less aesthetically pleasing designs which could price some consumers out of the energy efficiency market which hurts the overall goal of energy savings," said Blackburn.