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Clean Energy and Security Act brings auditors into your home

H.R. 2454 is a 1400-page promise to audit every aspect of your home and life under the guise of creating jobs, clean energy and a sustainable world. However, before we get into the bill lets examine the way it’s been handled. 

The secrecy of the bill and the speed of which the legislation is being railroaded is quite alarming. The last two times I’ve seen this was with the Patriot Act and TARP legislation.

Congressman Ron Paul told the Washington Times that no one was allowed to read the Patriot Act, and for that, we received one of the most anti-American legislations we’ve ever seen. Complete with secret arrests, indefinite detentions and forced DNA collection from “suspected terrorists.” 

TARP had similar shenanigans, it was rushed through the house, no one could read it and threats of Marshal Law were made. Rep. Brad Sherman tells us in the clip what happened behind closed doors. 

Senator James Inhofe later revealed on a Tulsa Talk Show the US Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson was behind the Martial Law threat. The bill passed and TARP and other bailout schemes are currently at $13.9 trillion. It promised jobs, growth and economic recovery. Unemployment rates continue to sky rocket and most economists will tell you we are already in a depression. 

There are several problems with this bill, however I’ll only address the first two, as the third is self-explanatory; 

  1. The bill makes the assumption that man-made climate change is undisputed and widely accepted as fact.
  2. The bill unleashes bureaucrats to audit and judge your lifestyle.
  3. The bill will drive the last remaining manufacturing jobs out of the country to unregulated countries.
  4. Let's examine these claims closer.

Man-made climate change is a myth  I cannot explain it any better than this short 8-minute clip from the documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle. The first few minutes of this clip covers a small portion of internet inventor Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth. It briefly covers his thesis of “CO2 levels are directly related to temperature levels. Therefore our release of carbon dioxide from coal, cars and energy is heating the Earth.” The second half is followed by hard science and facts. Please take just a few minutes to view this video.

Just to recap, CO2 levels climb several hundred years after a cyclical rise in temperature, it’s as simple as that.   What about Gore’s convincing graph you ask? Two things, let’s assume Gore is correct, let’s flip his reasoning, let’s say temperature rising causes CO2 to rise. Perhaps the sun is responsible? Just a thought on the way to read his graph if you insist on claiming he is right. The second issue is the scientists’ cherry-picked the tree ring temperature history data to fit Gore’s story. They did not use the ice core samples he claimed in his movie. When confronted about these findings, the scientist replied, “You have to pick cherries if your are going to make cherry pie.” 

Although some will still not believe those findings, there is undoubtedly enough evidence to merit a discussion or debate. No debate ever took place and questioning the climate-change “science” is not tolerated well. In fact, The London Telegraph printed an article stating climate change denial should be considered a mental disorder. Al Gore commonly responds to the opposition with, “There are also people who believe the moon landing took place in a studio in Arizona too.” Therefore insinuating the skeptics and opposition are conspiracy theorists. No conspiracy theorists here AG, just conspiracy fact.  

Home Audit: A Look into the Future
The bill states every home owner will receive an energy audit. What is a home energy audit? It is an intrusive visit made by the bureaucrats at the Home Energy Team or a similar group.  They will examine and report the way you live your life directly to RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) . Light fixtures, socket types, spas, hot tubs, windows, appliances, walls and roofs will all be under review. Energy tests will be conducted throughout your house. At the end of the visit you will receive a report and a rating. The report will focus on the changes you need to make and the rating is called a HERS rating (Home Energy Rating System). RESNET will perform the audits through authorized contractors. RESNET has adopted the Mortgage Industry National Home Energy Rating Standards. The standards set the national procedures for home energy ratings.    
According to RESNET, an audit consists of:
Comprehensive Home Energy Audit - A level of the RESNET Home Energy Audit process defined by this standard to include the evaluation, diagnosis and proposed treatment of an existing home. The Comprehensive Home Energy Audit may be based on a Home Performance Assessment (“Comprehensive Home Performance Energy Audit”) or Home Energy Rating (“Comprehensive HERS Audit”), in accordance with the criteria established by this Standard. A homeowner may elect to go through this process with or without a prior Home Energy Survey or Diagnostic Home Energy Survey.
 
Here is an in-depth breakdown of the audit
 
704.1.2.3 The Home Energy Survey Professional shall request copies of utility bills or
written permission to obtain the energy use information from the utility company, and use
them to produce an estimate of generalized end-uses (base, heating, and cooling).
704.1.2.5. Minimum Procedures for an In-Home Energy Survey:
704.1.2.5.1.1 R-values of wall/ceiling/floor insulation
704.1.2.5.1.2 Square footage and approximate age of home
704.1.2.5.1.3 Type of windows: glazing type(s) and frame material(s)
704.1.2.5.1.4 Type, model number, and location of heating/cooling system(s)
704.1.2.5.1.5 Type of ductwork, location and R-value of duct insulation, and any
indications of previous duct sealing
704.1.2.5.1.6 Type of foundation is crawl, basement, or slab
704.1.2.5.1.7 Checklist of common air-leakage sites indicating likely opportunities
for leakage reduction
704.1.2.5.1.8 Estimated age and efficiency of major appliances such as
dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines and dryers
704.1.2.5.1.9 Number and type of hardwired light fixtures and screw-in bulbs in
portable lamps suitable for energy efficient re-lamping
704.1.2.5.1.10 Visual indications of condensation
704.1.2.5.1.11 Presence and location of exhaust fans, and determination of whether
they are vented outdoors
704.1.2.5.1.12 Number and type of water fixtures (e.g. faucets, showerheads)
704.1.2.5.1.13 Presence and type(s) of combustion equipment; identification of
visually identifiable evidence of flame rollout, blocked chimney, and corroded or
missing vent connector.
 
There is no doubt homes need to be more efficient, however, this audit will drain the pockets of the unlucky people whose houses are older and/or cheaply made due to builder irresponsibility. Let’s say your builder used cheap windows, very little insulation or a high-water toilet, the cost of those upgrades will be in the thousands of dollars. By making the recommended changes, you will receive a tax credit for improvements made under the energy star program. Please note, most rebates are 30% of cost, maximum $1500. Good luck if your central air is deemed unacceptable.  After the upgrades are completed, you must have the auditors back out to your property for a final inspection. Early reports of denying audits carry a misdemeanor charge and a $2000 fine for each count.  The more you deny, the more you pay.   
 
As mentioned before, we do need clean energy, less fossil fuel, more efficient homes and cars, but not this way.  Make no mistake, we do have real environmental crises; drugs in the water, cloning, species extinction, genocide and genetically modified food are all very real.  Let’s focus on those, before you focus on the kind of faucet I have in the bathroom. Recycle, walk, ride a bike from time-to-time, open your windows, tune-up your car and plant a garden, but please, stay out of my house!
 
Contact your Senator and tell them to vote this down or you’ll vote them out.

 

Comments

  • Matt 5 years ago

    I believe we as a country must hit rock bottom before we realize what Ron Paul says is truth. I just hope rock bottom doesn't hurt to bad.

  • KAREN ROSS 5 years ago

    So what they can't make people make changes to there home if they have no money to do so. I live in a RV they will have to find me. If AZ tells them to kiss off I will go there. I am only 5 hours away form AZ now.

  • Kenneth 5 years ago

    Here in Australia this news was already reported on American News some weeks ago now. Global Warming is the New World Religion with Al Gore as its high priest. His mansion emits more carbon emissions than all neighborhood around him. He travels by jet plane which is worst carbon emitter of all. Basically he is saying "Don't do as I do, do as I say." So USA will become a dictatorship. Obama is the forerunner of the One coming from the Abyss who will be the world Dictator in the End Time years.

  • Looking4Answers 5 years ago

    Could you please cite reference WITHIN the actual Legislation from THOMAS.GOV

    I have perused the actual Bill and I can't find anything related to this article.

    Please provide more info.

  • Lance 5 years ago

    I perused HR 2454 as well and couldn't find anything requiring home inspections. I talked to a friend who said he thought it might be in a Missouri bill. What is the deal?

  • Trey 5 years ago

    The energy audits are designed to give the homeowner an idea of what their home uses, energy wise. Not police their usage. It is also an awesome "check and balance" tool for homeowners when dealing with contractors. Heck, it even gives you a list of things you can do to improve your home, prioritized from free things (like fixing your insulation) all the way up to expensive suggestions (like, solar panels). These are only suggestions, however. The govt isn't going to police our energy usage...they're just trying to help homeowners get an idea of what kind of energy they use, and how they can improve it. And global warming isn't the only reason to get an audit...Al Gore or no Al Gore, we still have an energy crisis in that oil and gas are finite and we are multiplying rapidly. That means energy prices are going up!! No hoax there! ...and if you have an idea of where your house could use improvement, you can save money on your energy bills. Think about it.

  • Trey 5 years ago

    An energy audit is merely a diagnostic tool for home owners. The govt. is using contractors (civilians)... Not the Men in Black!

  • Tony P. 5 years ago

    The home audits will be enforced at a local level. See the current City of Austin document I attached near the end of the article. Also, if states do not meet certain co2 reduction schedules, then the federal money, a minimum of $125 million will not be paid to the state. In addition, when you look at the RESNET accreditation standards and memberships, HERS ratings, REEP, Energy Star and the recent admission that KC area rates are increasing you’ll be forced into the system based on the fact retrofitters, home improvement companies, banks, HUD owners AND low-income landlords brought into the system based on “who does the government authorize to install my water heater, faucet, refi my loan, etc.” Thx for reading.

    Also, just look what is going on around the world...google these terms and see the craziness

    climate cops

    home audits mandatory (you'll see the localization of the rule)

    UK Join the snooper troopers

  • Jerry_Lawler 5 years ago

    Trey, did you read the article? Based on your comments, no. He acknowledges the need to be energy efficient and more responsible. However, if this bill was simply put in place to "help" homeowners, why are cities like Austin and others fining homeowners $2000 for refusing audits? Did you click on the city of Austin doc at the end of the article?

    If this was simply a way to help us, why put it through legislation? Why make it a law? And when it is a law that we must reduce our levels 10, 20, 30% in a certain amount of time,like the bill says, who will enforce that?

    ps - the only one mentioning MIB is you.

  • Boston Dan 4 years ago

    I hope that writing agit-prop for the GOP isn't your dayjob Tony.

    Unfortuatenly for your now pathetic reputation, there is nothing in the text of this bill about energy audits.

  • Tony P. 4 years ago

    Boston Dan,
    Please take your lies elsewhere. Your disinfo isn't welcome here. If you can't search the bill for resnet, home audit or HERS then then I can't help you.

    You must understand, I could care less whose program this is...left, right...it's basically all the same, but go on, say it isn't true...whatever. Next time you lie, try to have proof. You know sources? Like I have above. Kind of like the city of Austin doc that shows fines for home audit refusal...like the quotes from RESNET...proof. Not the laziness you display by saying this doesn't exist.
    Peace,
    Tony P.

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