Commentary

First They Came For The Light Bulbs

Now, if you live in California, they are coming for your big screen TV.

In a move that is so wrong-headed on so many levels, the California Energy Commission wants to ban large-screen TVs because they allegedly contribute to (alleged) global warming.The wording is parsed to suggest “complaint” models will still be permitted, but it’s unclear what the requirements will be.

The OC Register reckons that the CEC proposal would likely remove most models over 40 inches from the market. The agency wants to put the new rules into affect by 2011.

Here we have more enviro-puritanism running amok. After all, people like watching big screen high-def TV, especially when the current economy makes home entertainment an economic option. There’s indication how this might be enforced. You can mail-order big screen TVs from Amazon.com (like I did) and other outlets. Californians can also drive to Arizona, Nevada or Oregon to buy one.

Let’s also mention the cockamamie idea of taking products off the shelves during a recession in a state where a good chunk of the population makes a living producing TV and movies and video games — you know, the stuff that plays well on big screen TVs.

The CEC itself says its goal is to avoid the necessity of building more power plants—a questionable priority to say the least. Instead it has declared of war on plug-in appliances and anyone who dares to use them.

Steven Titch served as a policy analyst at Reason Foundation from 2004 to 2013.

Titch's work primarily focused on telecommunications, the Internet and new media. He is a former managing editor of InfoTech & Telecom News (IT&T News) published by the Heartland Institute. His columns have appeared in Investor's Business Daily, Total Telecom, and America's Network, among others.

Prior to joining Reason in 2004, Titch covered the telecommunications industry as a journalist for more than two decades. Titch was director of editorial projects for Data Communications magazine where he directed content development for supplemental publications and special projects. He has also held the positions of editorial director of Telephony, editor of Global Telephony magazine, Midwest bureau chief of CommunicationsWeek, and associate editor-communications at Electronic News.

Outside of the telecom industry, Titch conducted rich media and content development for publishers and corporate marketing groups. He has also developed and launched his own web-based media, including SecuritySquared.com, an on-line resource for the security industry.

Titch graduated cum laude from Syracuse University with a dual degree in journalism and English.