Joe Biden Continues His Assault on the Freedom to Buy Crappy Appliances

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Joe Biden Continues His Assault on the Freedom to Buy Crappy Appliances
President Joe Biden speaks during Independence Day celebrations on the South Lawn of the White House.
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Real Americans know freedom when they see it. It can look like refusing to prevent a largely preventable illness, a Lego-bedazzled Glock, or buying appliances that just waste energy and money. If you needed any more proof liberals want to ruin all that, look no further than the Biden administration’s latest proposed rule change.

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President Joe Biden’s Energy Department has proposed rolling back a Trump-era rollback on gas-powered water heaters, furnaces, and boilers. Former President Donald Trump’s Energy Department rolled back those standards in his last days in office amid a flurry of other environmentally destruc- errr excuse me, freedom-giving rules.

The Trump rollback would’ve allowed for non-condensing water heaters and furnaces to keep being sold because they offered “unique utility” to users. Non-condensing versions of these appliances just vent any exhaust gases and water vapor while the condensing version captures them and uses the excess energy in those gases to generate more heat. This can sometimes require more space, and the Trump administration argued the non-condensing version, therefore, had a special value for consumers.

Sure, the American Public Gas Association, Spire, Inc., the Natural Gas Supply Association, the American Gas Association, and the National Propane Gas Association asked for the rollback. And it would just happen to help the companies those groups represent profit handsomely by selling more gas to power these inefficient appliances. But you know the Thomas Jefferson saying: The tree of liberty must be refreshed with freedom gas.