Fri. Dec 1st, 2023
The White House is proposing standards which would regulate the types of refrigerators and freezers Americans can buy and use.
That’s according to an effort announced by Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey’s office which is joining with a coalition of 18 state attorneys general in an effort to opposing the standards.
Bailey’s office says 95% of the standard-size refrigerator-freezers accounting for about 70% of total annual shipments would not meet the standards being proposed by the Biden Administration.
The effort includes the attorneys general directing a letter to the secretary of energy noting that the new proposed standards would eliminate the majority of the existing market and have devastating financial effects on working-class Americans.
“As Attorney General, I will always protect the Constitution, which includes calling out yet another attempt by the Biden Administration to exceed its authority and unlawfully interfere in Missourians’ rights to be free from government interference in their own kitchens,” said Attorney General Bailey. “First it was gas stoves, then dishwashers, and now it’s refrigerators. I’m proud to stand with 17 other states against this blatant effort by the federal government to micromanage Americans’ lives.”
The attorneys general directed the letter to Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, noting that constitutional limits of federalism must be maintained. The federal government must “resist the impulse to further insinuate the federal government into the daily lives of American consumers,” the attorneys general argue.
Additionally, Attorney General Bailey and the other states assert that these new proposed standards would eliminate the majority of the existing market and will have devastating effects on individuals’ budgets, thereby causing additional financial strain to working-class Americans.
In addition to Missouri, the attorneys general of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia joined the letter.
The full letter can be viewed here: https://ago.mo.gov/docs/default-source/press-releases/attachment-1_comment-letter-of-18-states—eere-2017-bt-std-0003.pdf?sfvrsn=9843408d_2