Saturday, January 12, 2008

Is California out of control?

This morning when I got out of bed, I went straight to my thermostat and raised the temperature. I always like to sleep in a cool room. And, I promptly went to the Den and raised the temperature on my gas logs.

California has a plan that will keep their citizens from being able to regulate the temperature in their own homes. They have a proposed mandate that would let utility companies regulate the temperature in individuals homes by remote access.

The thermostat is also capable of controlling other appliances in the house, such as electric water heaters, refrigerators, pool pumps, computers and lights in response to signals from utility companies. If contractors and residents refuse to comply with the mandate, their building permits will be denied.

The proposal, set to be considered by the commission Jan. 30, requires each thermostat to be equipped with a radio communication device to send "price signals" and automatically adjust temperature up or down 4 degrees for cooling and heating, as California's public and private utility organizations deem necessary.

The proposal claims that it will allow the companies to regulate temperatures during 'emergency events'. But no where is there anything to clarify what constitutes an 'emergency event'.

Concerned citizens had these remarks to make:
Concerned California residents expressed outrage with the proposal in several online postings:

"I hate this state. Why don't we just fly a communist flag while we are at it? We are planning a move out of state. I'm done."

"This is insane. Please, everyone reading this, take action. Write your representatives, call the RINO governor, call your local radio programs and, lastly, write letters to the editors of your local papers. Dear God, just when I thought California couldn't get much worse!"

Other opponents of the state proposal expressed concern that its mandatory nature is a sign of increasing "Big Brother" government control.

I can see temperatures rising, but it is not on the thermostat!

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Cathy said...

I thought you would blog about this, after I sent you the article. :) California is ridiculous!

Barbara said...

I can not understand why California wants more government. They interfere in our lives enough! And, this isn't going to fix their problems. People will find a way to get around this. I think it is all crazy. I just pray it doesn't catch on in other states.