July 21, 2010, - 11:29 am
Remember the “Seinfeld” episode in which Jerry’s landlord installed low-flow showerheads in everyone’s shower? Jerry and his neighbors all had flat hair and a not-so-clean feeling, and several of his neighbors bought regular-flow showerheads from Serbs who also sold illegal guns from the back of their van. Kramer’s black market regular-flow showerhead turns out to be a circus elephant showerhead with too much pressure.
Well, it’s no longer just the stuff of comedy, since Barack Obama is now doing this to the rest of the country. It was bad enough when Bill Clinton forced people to use low-flow toilets. But this is far worse.
Gene Goforth sells showerheads—big ones, like the Raindance Imperial 600 AIR. Selling for as much as $5,457, it has a 24-inch spray face, 358 no-clog channels and a triple-massage option. “You can just stand under it, and it helps your psyche,” says Mr. Goforth, who has one in his home.
“Seinfeld” Shower Now “Barack Obama”-Imposed Shower . . .
Now, Mr. Goforth is in a lather over the federal government’s tough new line on water-hogging showerheads, part of a new effort to enforce energy-and water-use regulations. . . .
Regulators are going after some of the luxury shower fixtures that took off in the housing boom. Many have multiple nozzles, cost thousands of dollars and emit as many as 12 gallons of water a minute. In May, the DOE stunned the plumbing-products industry when it said it would adopt a strict definition of the term “showerhead” in enforcing standards that have been on the books—but largely unenforced—for nearly 20 years.
Industry response has been fast and furious. “It was not the legislative intent of Congress to authorize DOE to regulate the bathing habits of Americans,” wrote Frederick Desborough, vice president of California Faucets, a Huntington Beach, Calif., manufacturer, in a letter to the DOE in June.
The showdown is a challenge to President Barack Obama and his energy secretary, Steven Chu, as they try to cajole—or compel—Americans to use water and energy more efficiently. Mr. Chu, a self-described “zealot” for energy efficiency, says he crawls around in his attic in his spare time installing extra insulation.
Yeah, this Green Geek is the guy Barack Obama has assigned to get into your shower and tell you how to wash up. Nauseating. This nitpicking Inspector Clouseauian work is what your tax dollars are paying for–Green Gone Gaga (and I don’t mean “Lady Gaga”):
In May, the DOE said a “showerhead” may incorporate “one or more sprays, nozzles or openings.” Under the new interpretation, all nozzles would count as a single showerhead and be deemed noncompliant if, taken together, they exceed the 2.5 gallons-a-minute maximum.
In May, the DOE’s general counsel, Scott Blake Harris, fined four showerhead makers $165,104 in civil penalties, alleging they failed to demonstrate compliance for some devices. . . .
Hansgrohe AG, of Germany, says its Raindance device meets the current 2.5-gallons-per-minute standard but would violate the proposed new definition of showerhead. It will “negatively impact an already weakened American industry, just as it begins to experience signs of recovery,” the company said in a June 18 letter to the DOE.
Altmans Products, a U.S. unit of Grupo Helvex of Mexico City, says it got a letter from the DOE in January and has stopped selling several popular models, including the Shower Rose, which delivers 12 gallons of water a minute.
How much you wanna bet Barack and Michelle Hussein Obama have a very strong high-flow shower head in the White House residence?
Like I said, sadly life imitates “Seinfeld.” Barack Obama, GET OUT OF MY SHOWER!
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