US Dept. of Energy Informative - US government racketeering
Predatory and Racketeering Energy Polices of US Senate?
For several decades now the US Government has systematically protected the manufacturers of low efficiency insulations, less than 10% efficient, while at the same time publicizing misinformation about high efficiency insulations, 97% efficient, in order to steer the public to low efficiency insulations which increased the home energy consumption up to two to three times what it would have been if high efficiency insulations had been used. By doing this they are collecting 10s of billions of dollars in energy taxes. They have been doing this despite the obvious input into the atmosphere of trillions of tons of carbon gases.
As early as 1958-1960 the US Senator from Colorado, at the request of the Mineral Wool Assoc., had a law passed that prohibited the use of high efficiency insulations in government buildings. This law severely crippled the high efficiency insulation companies which were in the process of becoming the dominate insulation. It wasn’t until 1964 when the US Navy issued material document HH-I-1252 so that they could use these materials in the Artic that this ban was broken. These materials are still used there as well for the space program plus residential and commercial buildings.
In 1981 at the request of the fiberglass manufacturers the US Senate again intervened when the Federal Trade Comm. issued regulations that required all insulation materials be tested in the installed conditions, as opposed to the almost meaningless tests now used. For two days the operating funds of the FTC were shut off until the regulations were rescinded. This regulation would have led to the demise of fiberglass insulation as it would have had to reduce its advertised “R” values up to 50%.
There have been funny things going on with the California Energy Comm. also. When presented with valid data showing that, in the installed condition the high efficiency insulations were superior to the fiberglass in reducing energy costs the commission rated the fiberglass superior.
The DOE has a warped view of priorities. Although they tout their agency as searching for ways to bring forth energy reduction technology, they minimize the available low tech technology that is reliable and low cost for high tech technology that very technical and is costly and expensive to maintain. Today, you can build a home that uses low cost passive heating and a ground coupled (not geothermal) cooling system for about the same price as an energy hog. In some cases for a lot less.
As if this wasn’t bad enough the DOE and FTC have minimized the obvious detrimental health effects of fiberglass in favor of the tax revenue it brings. They are subject to industry influence and are controlled by the Senate.
Every summer we hear about older folks dying in their homes from excessive heat because they couldn’t afford to operate the air conditioner. Some of these homes have fiberglass insulation. What these people don’t know is that with fiberglass it can get hotter inside the building than out side. Tens of thousands of construction related craftsmen are suffering from lung conditions as a result of working in and around fiberglass as are children and parents in these infested homes. People die of fiberglass
lung cancer; others are affected by the mold that grows in fiberglass walls. Children are particularly sensitive to mold. Because of deep pockets it is almost impossible to sue these large insulation manufacturers.
Politicians, president on down, refuse to do anything about this because of the high tax revenue and donations made to them by the energy producers and insulation manufacturers.
This has to stop. NOW