Energy Star FAIL

We’ve all seen those Energy Star labels – they’re everywhere. You’re supposed to be a good “green” citizen and only purchase Energy Star products. The Energy Star label is supposed to mean that the product has passed “rigorous government standards” for energy efficiency. Uh oh, government standards? I smell a FAIL coming… (more here from the American Thinker)

The Government Accountability Office evaluated the Energy Star program by a covert investigation: submitting bogus products for approval.  Here is what the GAO found.

“GAO’s investigation shows that Energy Star is for the most part a self-certification program vulnerable to fraud and abuse.  GAO obtained Energy Star certifications for 15 bogus products, including a gas-powered alarm clock.”

Of 20 bogus products submitted by the GAO, the Energy Star program required independent verification for only four.

Approximately $300 million of Obama’s stimulus will be used for state rebate programs on “energy-efficient” products as certified by the Energy Star program.

A gas-powered alarm clock??? This program is administered by the EPA and the Department of Energy. Is anyone doing their job here? Perhaps they’re like the drones over at the SEC – too busy surfing porn. UGH.


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