Trump Won't Control Your Thermostat -- But Bernie Would

Trump Won't Control Your Thermostat -- But Bernie Would
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Trump Won't Control Your Thermostat -- But Bernie Would
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The outrage was swift and justified. 

The government telling us to sleep with the thermostat set to 82 degrees? A “starting point” for saving energy costs is never turning the dial below 78 in summer? 

If that sounds like the Obama administration, it’s because it was. 

The sweat-to-death recommendations that went viral this week can be traced to an Energy Star report released in 2009 (page 8), a product of Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency. Energy Star is a joint EPA and Department of Energy program.  

The Department of Energy, led by Rick Perry, assured us the Trump administration’s position is “Americans should set their thermostats to whatever temperature they choose.” 

Americans controlling the air conditioning in their own homes? A novel idea, but one the Democrat’s Green New Deal does not allow. Seventeen presidential candidates support the radical proposal, which aims to control every aspect of our lives by putting the government in control of our buildings and our homes (and more). 

This week Bernie Sanders released his own version, with a $16 trillion price tag, a bargain compared to the $93 trillion original. But the mission is the same: throw out our entire way of life through a “wholesale transformation of our society.” 

Sanders uses climate change as a means to realizing his socialist vision where the government guarantees “health care, housing, and a good-paying job to every American.” The Green New Deal was always about transforming away from capitalism. Likewise, Sanders “will not leave it to the market to determine the fate of the planet.” 

The central plan is heavy on government mandates. Sanders dictates America reach “100 percent renewable energy for electricity and transportation” in a short 11 years and “complete decarbonization by at least 2050.” For context, last year renewable energy accounted for just 17 percent of our electricity generation. 

Sanders would make sure “wealthy homeowners meet our electrification goals,” and mandates “weatherizing homes” to “reduce energy consumption by 30 percent.” 

How do we suppose this would be achieved? The Energy Star recommendations by the Obama administration were just that, recommendations. But this is no longer Obama’s party. The quaint days where it was still okay for Democrats to recognize we had a border, or make guarantees that government health care will not go to illegal immigrants, are long gone

The idea of the government forcing us to keep the thermostat at 85 degrees all day deserves to be mocked. But it’s no laughing matter to the radicals of today’s Democratic Party. 

The climate is “an existential threat.” Fossil fuels must be “eliminated,” says Biden. We must fight the climate like we fought the Nazis, say Booker and Beto. “We’re running out of time,” says Warren.  

“The world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change,” says the party’s new leader, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 

If the situation is that dire, say goodbye to Obama’s measly “recommendations.”

It’s not just your thermostat the Democrats would control.  

Bill de Blasio already mandated “Meatless Mondays” in New York public schools. Liberals are floating a “red meat tax.” The New York Times scolds us into eating “a bit less meat” in the name of saving the Earth. Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal famously called for getting rid of “farting cows and airplanes,” before her office sent the document down the memory hole.

Remember Cash for Clunkers, the Obama program that hurt the auto industry by destroying perfectly drivable cars and sent tons of shredder residue to our landfills? Small potatoes. Sanders would vastly expand it, with his sights on “families with a conventional car” to get them “off the road.” 

So, no. The Trump administration is not interested in controlling your thermostat, your backyard grill, or your family car. But the Democrats are. 

Liz Harrington is the national spokesperson for the Republican National Committee.

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