Like, Don't Chill, Dude. Or Else.
Still more nuttiness from California, and this latest outbreak of brain-cooties doesn't even originate in San Francisco.
The International Herald Tribune reports: "The conceit in the 1960s show The Outer Limits was that outside forces had taken control of your television set. Next year in California, state regulators are likely to have the emergency power to control individual thermostats, sending temperatures up or down through a radio-controlled device that will be required in new or substantially modified houses and buildings to manage electricity shortages."
Yep. If you live in California, the thermostat in your heating and air conditioning system will soon be controlled by a bureaucrat sitting in a cubicle downtown somewhere, or maybe in Sacramento. No, I am not making this up.
"The proposed rules are contained in a document circulated by the California Energy Commission, which for more than three decades has set state energy efficiency standards for home appliances, like water heaters, air conditioners and refrigerators. The changes would allow utilities to adjust customers' preset temperatures when the price of electricity is soaring. Customers could override the utilities' suggested temperatures. But in emergencies, the utilities could override customers' wishes. Final approval is expected next month."
And just who will define what constitutes "emergencies?" Needless to say, it won't be the poor white working slob broiling alive in 110-degree Bakersfield for months on end, or freezing in cold and foggy Arcata in a winter storm trying to keep children in the house warm.
The Herald Trib quotes a Jew bureaucrat: "You realize there are times - very rarely, once every few years - when you would be subject to a rotating outage and everything would crash including your computer and traffic lights..." said Arthur Rosenfeld, a member of the energy commission. Reducing individual customers' electrical use - if necessary, involuntarily - could avoid that, Rosenfeld said. 'If you can control rotating outages by letting everyone in the state share the pain,' he said, 'there's a lot less pain to go around.'"
So tell me, Art, would the wealthy Jews of Fairfax, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Brentwood "share the pain" and get their air conditioners turned off in August? Suuuuure they would.
(Interestingly, one of the great luxuries in the futuristic movie world of Soylent Green was air conditioning in a globally warmed world; only the very wealthy could afford it.)
What's really interesting here is that this new policy is a tacit admission that there will be rolling brownouts and blackouts well into the foreseeable future, because California's power grid, like all American infrastructure, is hopelessly antiquated and overloaded, crumbling with ancient equipment and wiring and obsolescent technology. In California energy is gobbled up by millions of illegal aliens, especially in the Los Angeles metroplex, many of whom steal the energy through assorted acts of fraud, non-payment, illegal and dangerous tapping of lines, etc.
What the state is saying is that California, which has become virtually unfit for civilized human habitation already, is going to get a lot worse before it gets better.
But I think we all knew that, didn't we?