Sen. Tim Scott has strongly criticized President Joe Biden’s administration for implementing energy efficiency standards for mobile homes that will hurt low-income households. The new rules do the opposite of what the democrats claim to fight for. Shocker!
The senator is strongly condemning Joe Biden’s administration for implementing new energy efficiency standards for mobile homes. According to officials from the Energy Department, the new final rule, adopted last year, will require single and multi-section mobile homes to meet climate-dependent energy conservation measures. These new standards are estimated to increase costs for families seeking affordable homeownership opportunities in a constrained housing market.
Tim Scott, who is the ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, has written a letter to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm expressing his concern that the new policy will “raise costs for families.” He argues that the standards will “undermine commonsense efforts to increase the supply and assist families looking for affordable housing opportunities.” In his view, the standards are “overly broad, unduly burdensome, and ask consumers to bear the costs imposed by climate alarmists.”
According to Energy Department officials, the final rule will lower mobile home consumers’ power bills over time. It calls for tighter duct sealing, better insulation, and more precise specifications for hot water systems.
As part of its “whole-of-government effort” to reduce carbon emissions and incentivize green energy production, the Biden administration drafted a number of similar regulations in the past two years. Gas stoves are now subject to new emissions regulations, but energy secretary Granholm said she owns one of the popular appliances herself.
This administration is going as far as to go after the kinds of light bulbs we use and have used for a century.
In the wake of what they claim to be a “lockdown”-induced recession, residential real estate prices have increased substantially, causing supply chain bottlenecks and labor shortages, which have resulted in higher home prices. The Department of Housing and Urban Development reports that home sale prices increased from $322,600 in the second quarter of 2020 to $467,700 in the fourth quarter of 2022.
While properties become less affordable as a result of elevated mortgage rates induced by Federal Reserve actions to combat inflation, median home prices recently declined for the first time in more than a decade.
Meanwhile, typical unit sizes for apartment rental markets are shrinking, a reflection of cost constraints and a reversal from the desire for larger properties. Lockdowns coincided with households spending more time at home and breadwinners relying more on remote work, resulting in lockdowns.
This is why this administration’s word should never be taken at face value. The very people getting hurt in their process to shove the energy agenda down our throats are the low income homeowners. Yes, they claim they’ll give people task breaks to make it easier to transition but we predict those IRS agents are going to be generous with that money.
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