California To Become Communist State

I was a bit busy the last couple of weeks, but I don’t know how I missed this. Maybe because it is so unbelievable, even for California. The California Energy Commission wants to have the power to  override your thermostat by remote control, no matter how uncomfortable that may make you, it is for the good of the entire state! That’s Communist in anyones book.

California energy regulators are considering taking control of residents’ thermostats, giving them the ability to control the temperatures of homes during energy crises, the New York Times reports.

The California Energy Commission is expected to vote on the rules next month, which would give utilities the power to control home thermostats via radio control to manage electricity shortages, the paper reports.

Click here to read the full New York Times report.

Customers would be able to override utilities’ suggested temperatures, but not during energy emergencies, the New York Times reports. The move, officials say, would help them avoid rotating outages statewide.

“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, and you don’t want to do that,” Arthur H. Rosenfeld, a member of the energy commission, told the Times.

Source

American Thinker has more.

Joseph Somsel broke the story of California’s plan to eventually control the temperature set on thermostats of state residents on American Thinker a week ago. Since then, it has percolated through the blogosphere, talk radio, and now into the mainstream media, demonstrating yet again the way many issues appear first on the internet.

Today’s New York Times picks up the story, and even credits us with breaking the story. Reporter Felicity Barranger interviewed Joseph yesterday and wrote this about our role:
The broader stir on the Internet began when Joseph Somsel, a San Jose-based contributor to the publication American Thinker, wrote an article a week ago on the programmable communicating thermostat, or P.C.T.
Mr. Somsel went after the proposal with arguments that were by turns populist (“Come the next heat wave, the elites might be comfortably lolling in La Jolla’s ocean breezes” while “the Central Valley’s poor peons are baking in Bakersfield”), free-market (“P.C.T.’s will obscure the price signals to power plant developers”) and civil libertarian (“the new P.C.T. requirement certainly seems to violate the ‘a man’s home is his castle’ common-law dictum”).
Word of the California proposal hit the outrage button in corners of the Internet, was written about in The North County Times in Southern California, and got a derisive mention on Wednesday on Rush Limbaugh‘s radio program.
The fact that similar radio-controlled technologies have been used on a voluntary basis in irrigation systems on farm fields and golf courses and in limited programs for buildings on Long Island is seldom mentioned in Internet postings that make liberal use of references of George Orwell‘s dystopian novel “1984” and “Big Brother,” the omnipresent voice of Orwell’s police state.
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8 Responses

  1. Funny how they equate “voluntary basis in irrigation systems in farm fields” and “golf course irrigation” to show that there is, in fact, nothing to worry about when the state decides to take control of your home.

    The fact that similar radio-controlled technologies have been used on a voluntary basis in irrigation systems on farm fields and golf courses and in limited programs for buildings on Long Island is seldom mentioned in Internet postings that make liberal use of references of George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984″ and “Big Brother,” the omnipresent voice of Orwell’s police state.

  2. Just like gun control, one step at a time so we don’t notice.

  3. The two are nothing at all alike! Say your irrigation gets postponed from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on peak days. Who gives a sh**? So what if the irrigation at the golf course is postponed for two days? On the other hand, a person could have significant discomfort if that stupid law is passed. Why don’t they just build new freakin’ power plants so that they have enough electricity during peak demand?

  4. I meant the small steps of taking away all your rights.

  5. Oh. Well. Alrighty, then.

    Hey, how do you get your blog comments to post immediately? Mine go to moderation hell, must be something I checked (or not) during blog set up. I haven’t figured out how to change it yet.

  6. Swamps, dashboard-options-discussions. I’m not sure, but it’s a start. I know I checked something in the beginning…..

  7. Aaack! Now I’ve lost my log in place. Plus being a day ahead of everybody.

  8. You look logged in here. And the meta login was at your site, today is the 13th. I’d say you’re good to go. 😀

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