This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Someone check the campaign donations to Marsha Blackburn and Lamar Alexander and see if there are any ceiling fan manufacturers on that list:

I can’t pass this up: Tennessee must have quite the ceiling fan lobby. As we mentioned earlier this week, Rep. Marsha Blackburn has introduced measures to defund DOE’s work to improve the efficiency of ceiling fans in recent years. So, it stood out to ME that one of the bills on the ENR agenda today is one from Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander to “remove the authority of the Secretary of Energy to amend or issue new energy efficiency standards for ceiling fans.”

Yes, we absolutely must have inefficient ceiling fans. Because freedom. And reasons.

BTW, wonder if Marsha was able to unload all those inefficient lightbulbs she was handing out for Christmas one year.

(h/t to Jamie in Comments)


Ah, thanks to Joe in comments, I found this in the 2013 memory hole:

Ceiling fans: Big government, or just hot air?

While making homes more energy-efficient is a legitimate, even vital goal of federal policy, government agents aren’t about to pry inefficient fans from the ceilings of American homes. That didn’t stop Representative Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, from pushing a measure to block any new federal energy efficiency standards for ceiling fans — or from defending that measure in overheated terms. “We’ve already seen the federal government stretch their regulatory tentacles into our homes and determine what kind of light bulbs we have to use,” Blackburn said on the House floor. “Now they’re coming after our ceiling fans. It is a sad state of affairs when even our ceiling fans aren’t safe from this administration.”

Actually, it was President Bush and a Republican Congress who called for national efficiency standards in 2005 as a way of preempting state regulations; the Department of Energy began taking steps to implement national rules this year. As well it should have: Home appliances represent a huge opportunity to reduce energy consumption, and many ceiling fans use technology that is decades old.

And for all Blackburn’s zealfor liberty, it’s also noteworthy that one of the nation’s top ceiling fan companies, Hunter Fan, is in her home state. Roll Call reported that the company has already complained about the potential costs of new rules to the Energy Department and asked for a delay “until there are further advances in fan technology.”

None of which has stopped Hunter Fans from saying all the right “green” things on its website, such as:

It’s a promise—your Hunter ceiling fan can have a positive impact on your wallet and the world.

“It’s a promise”? Really? That promise is looking pretty damn empty.


Filed under Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee

9 responses to “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

  1. Joe

    No accident here – Hunter Fan Company is headquartered in Memphis. Apparently they want to market energy efficiency but not have to live up to it. – or maybe they need to talk to their reps in Congress and let them know they believe we should continue to improve said efficiency.

  2. Kosh III

    Marsha is the perfect example of what is wrong with Republicans and Corpocrats.

  3. Eykis

    Criminy – Tennessee is full of imbecilic politicians of the Repig variety!

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  5. jamie

    Blackburn apparently doesn’t like energy-efficient furnaces either. Does she believe “High heating bills, Tennessee!” is a good campaign slogan? I quote from Politico’s Morning Energy blog:

    “Rep. Marsha Blackburn secured an amendment to defund DOE’s ability to finalize and enforce residential furnace efficiency standards.”

    “- Ceiling fans! Although this amendment was approved by voice vote last night, it seemed worth highlighting. The joint amendment from Reps. Charlie Dent, Marsha Blackburn and Todd Rokita would prevent DOE from finalizing, implementing or enforcing new efficiency standards for ceiling fans. Blackburn even gave a shoutout to Hunter Fans Co., in her Tennessee district, which apparently invented – and dominates in the market of – ceiling fans.”

  6. I should add that I was surprised when I found out last year that ceiling fans were notoriously wasteful of electricity. I have two Hunters and a couple of smaller “Hampton Bay” or some other off-shore brand*.

    *N.B. I’m fairly certain that all four of them came out of the same Fancity factory site in China.