This weekend, I was on Fox News discussing new government regulations for microwaves. Actually, the microwave thing is more or less a side show. It’s much bigger than that. This topic probably deserves even more attention than it has garnered, so I thought I might work to correct that. Here are four reasons you should pay attention:
1. Yet another unilateral decision. The Obama Administration did not initially seek public comment, nor did this require Congressional approval or notice. We shouldn’t be surprised, Obama has previously promised he would “act alone” on climate change. (And because of a 1997 Supreme Court decision on the Clean Air Act, the EPA has the authority to make these changes.)
2. It was hidden. Instead of proudly announcing this decision, the Obama administration buried it in an efficiency standards report for microwaves that came out in late May. Really.