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Nanny Knows Best

January 12, 2008

Californians could have one less thing to do next year: regulating their own thermostats will be off the docket. Instead of bothering, state regulators will have radio-control devices to raise and lower temperatures in private homes according to demand on public utilities.


“If you can control rotating outages by letting everyone in the state share the pain, there’s a lot less pain to go around,” says Dr. Arthur H. Rosenfeld of the California Energy Commission.

Does your health require a warmer or cooler environment than Nanny says? Be a trooper–the whole state of California is sharing your pain.  Or are you just some kind of control freak or private property whacko?

  1. Sheree permalink
    January 12, 2008 7:48 pm

    This is outrageous.

  2. January 12, 2008 10:10 pm

    Well, maybe it will cause folks to take themselves off the grid and control their own household consumption. Newton’s third law will prevail: the forces of oppression are always met by an equal and opposite reaction.

  3. January 13, 2008 3:19 am

    Wha…what? Californians actually let that kind of thing slide? Appeal, appeal!

    Hmm, the article says “emergency power” but I can see how that could quickly get out of hand. I think that I would rather deal with rare power outages than have someone force my thermostat to 55 degrees because the outdated infrastructure can’t handle the juice needed.

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