We had things programmed to automatically shut down if we started approaching that number, and that and all of our other programs saved the company roughly $2 Million a year.
There was a time when Americans didn't need to be spoon fed what was good for them.
Okay, my last sentence looks like I think we should be told every detail, I don't. The Myth of American Freedom™ is openly disappearing now. Perhaps if the Feds did their job instead of meddling in the daily affairs of the citizens we wouldn't be in the lousy shape that this country is now.
You know one of the reasons that China is kicking our as in terms of economic growth? Its not lower taxes that's for sure, its that if something is their country's best interest, they mandate it. For example, one of the reasons why their cities air is so noxious is all the 2 stroke mopeds, so the Chinese government mandated that all mopeds sold and licensed would have to be either 4 stroke or electric. They did not have a bunch of nutters in their "people's congress" that argued against the mandate and for giving consumers the choice of buying a 2 stroke moped. They knew 2 stroke mopeds belched out copious amounts of noxious fumes, they knew it was bad for the country, so they just made a decision and stuck with it.
Now, I am not saying that we should adopt some fully totalitarian government like China's. What I am saying is that is our competition. Our competition does not give a rat's ass about consumer choice when that choice is not in the best interest of their country. Our competition will not go to war to benefit its domestic energy industry. Our competition does not argue about consumer choice when setting fuel efficiency standards. They are not going to go to war just so Mr. Wang can have the choice of driving a gas guzzling SUV. They don't give a **** about Mr. Wang being able to drive a yuppie status symbol when its not in the best interest of their country. Anytime our competition sees an opportunity to increase energy efficiency and thus their economic competitiveness they mandate it. Folks, that is our competition right now, that's how they roll, and that's one of the reason's why they are kicking our ass in terms of economic growth.
Once again, I am not arguing in favor of a totalitarian government like China's. I am just saying that if China thought they could save energy by banning the sale of incandescent bulbs, they would do it, and they would sit back and laugh at how stupid we were for arguing about it.
"You're the only person that decides how far you'll go and what you're capable of." - Ben Saunders (Explorer and Endurance Athlete)
If it's any consolation, though it probably isn't, the same thing is happening in all the democracies. We're voting the concept of freedom and responsibility, which are inextricably joined, obsolete.
It's the Chinese who are fighting and dying and emigrating to get the freedoms the democracies took for granted. Do you think they prefer being told what light bulbs to put in their lamps or motor scooters they can ride?
Once these regulations start, and more power rests in the hands of the bureaucrats, do you feel they will somehow magically stop?