Anyone wanting to buy a powerful vacuum cleaner has only 10 days left to be certain of getting one – following new EU rules that come in next month.
From 1 September, companies in the EU will be banned from making or importing vacuum cleaners above 1600 watts.
The new European rules are part of the EU’s energy efficiency directive, designed to help tackle climate change.
The EU is claiming that this will help with global warming. I would conservatively estimate that the impact of this rule on carbon emissions will be somewhere between jack shit and fuck all.
This is everything that is wrong with the Left Wing approach to global warming. It’s a symbolic move based on someone’s random brain fart that will do almost nothing to address the problem while costing lots of money. Putting aside the science of global warming, this is a phenomenally stupid way of dealing with it. And another illustration of how, for all their pretensions of scientific literacy, the Left Wing is happy to wallow in ignorance and ludditism.
One person who gets it? James Dyson:
Dyson vacuum cleaners score highly in the ratings. However, the manufacturer has many concerns about flaws in the system that will ultimately be unhelpful for consumers. It is seeking a judicial review of the legislation at the European court of justice, with judgment due in December 2015. Sir James Dyson, whose company pioneered “bagless” vacuums, said he believed the label itself was a good idea, pointing out that he had never made a machine over 1,600 watts. But he said there were many engineering aspects other than the size of the machine to take into account, and he feared strong performing vacuum cleaners would be rated badly and lead the consumer to buy a machine that simply did not work efficiently.
I have to tip my hat to Dyson. This ruling will benefit him — his vacuums tend to be very efficient. And I think he (and I) would agree that efficient vacuums are a good thing. But he doesn’t want it mandated because he fears (correctly) that people will simply use a bunch of shitty vacuums that don’t do the job and possibly end up using up even more energy.
The EU has long made itself a laughingstock when it comes to regulation. But this takes the cake. Europe is now addressing global warming through massive taxes, huge subsidies for underperforming green energy, bans on nuclear power and now a ban on high-power vacuums. And they have reduced their carbon footprint by less than the United States has through simple market forces.