So, then, in a nutshell, the government forces me to transfer some of my
money to someone else and that someone else is a person or company that I
would not have otherwise chosen.
I think that's called a tax, although it IS more efficient without the
government being in the middle.
Further, the money I am forced to transfer is money I can't use for
something more to my liking, such as food for my malnourished child. Or more
As for the claim that there's no incentive for manufacturers to provide
alternatives, florescent lights have been around for a really long time.
Fuel-efficient cars have likewise been available.*
No, the arguments you put forth are simply not valid and the results of this
forced conversion are immoral. Especially the less beer part.
* My 1957 VW bug got better gas milage than today's Pious.
Our A/C -- installed by the previous owner in 2002 -- has a SEER rating
of 11 and apparently was one of the better ones in its day. Since 2006
it has been illegal to sell A/C in the USA with a SEER of less than 13,
and to get the new tax credit for energy-efficient appliances the
minimum SEER is 16. Some on the market now have a SEER of 20 or more.
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