Make Toilets Great Again, President Trump
Make Toilets Great Again, President Trump
The legacy media is alternately sneering or laughing at President Trump and his recent comments about toilets and the number of flushes needed to clear them. But, it’s not just toilets that don’t work. Please, Mr. Trump, make American appliances great again. Deregulate our homes.
We can thank President Nixon for the forcible entry into our bathrooms. Nixon signed the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975. From the Department of Energy website:
The Department of Energy (DOE), through the Buildings Technologies Office, sets minimum energy efficiency standards for approximately 60 categories of appliances and equipment used in homes, businesses, and other applications, as required by existing law. The appliances and equipment covered provide services that are used by consumers and businesses each day, such as space heating and cooling, refrigeration, cooking, clothes washing and drying, and lighting. DOE’s minimum efficiency standards significantly reduce U.S. energy demand, lower emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, and save consumers billions of dollars every year, without lessening the vital services provided by these products. In addition, DOE implements laws designed to limit the water consumption of several plumbing products.
Sixty categories of appliances and equipment? Saving consumers billions of dollars every year? Without lessening the vital services provided by the products? These people are delusional.
Our “betters” in the D.C. Swamp have used all kinds of scare tactics and bad science to force us to use appliances that claim to be efficient, but are not. The Earth is cooling, the Earth is warming. Greenhouse gases are bad. There is a hole in the Ozone layer. There is not enough gas. Coal is bad. The Earth is drying up so toilets don’t need to be flushed every time you pee.
None of our appliances work the way they are supposed to work. You can live without owning a dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, or refrigerator. You can live without heating or cooling, depending on where you live. Unless you live in California or New York, toilets are a necessity. Donald Trump has his finger on the pulse of the American people. In his rambling, train of thought style, the President captures what those of us who love our modern conveniences think:
Yes, yes, ten times is an exaggeration. Toilets in the olden days used to have five to eight gallons per flush (gpf). Toilets today use 1.6 gpf. And, dishwashers used to use 10 to 15 gallons per cycle. Today, that number is less than six. Same with washing machines. Water makes a difference. The power of the pump is great, but water gets the job done.
In a segment on PBS News Hour, Judy Woodruff and two “experts” discussed Trump’s suggested deregulations. The segment is posted in an article: “How Trump’s stance on energy-efficient appliances is connected to nostalgia.” Yes, nostalgia for when we only had to flush the toilet once. The introductory paragraph tells you the interview will be actual fact free:
For years, Washington has seen a bipartisan push to change laws, regulations and incentives to make household appliances and goods more energy efficient. In a warming world, many scientists and advocates say even tougher standards should be set. But President Trump is moving to roll back some of those laws, arguing they’ve gone too far. John Yang talks to The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin.
“In a warming world”? The Earth warms, the Earth cools. It’s not man-made. We are too puny for that. It’s a Universe kind of thing. Also, from the article:
The president has also taken issue with bans on plastic straws and has begun selling them on his campaign Web site.
Environmental advocates say many of President Trump’s claims are inaccurate or use outdated information. All of this comes with an election year on the horizon. Democratic presidential candidates have pledged to make climate change a top priority. The president has frequently denied or been skeptical of the scientific consensus on the issue.
The Trump administration has also moved to roll back fuel standards on cars and trucks. That’s a big part of America’s daily lives and a big source of greenhouse gas emissions.
Judy and her guests never tell us what claims are inaccurate or use outdated information. Meanwhile, out here in the real world. We use a ton of water washing our dishes before we put them in the dishwasher and flushing our toilets multiple times.
Make Toilets Great Again!
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