Over the years a whole lot of people have heard me say that someday pretty soon, the government is going to come for your car, your furniture and your frickin' washing machine. I've taken a lot of flack over that.Well my friends, today is the day. Today it is announced that the European Union is going to ban the sale of "energy hungry" appliances. Like your ShopVac. All the people who've called me a paranoid Nazi freakshow over the years can start sending in the "you were right, damnit!" emails starting now.
The FAZ writes that not only light bulbs and vacuum cleaners are targeted for higher efficiency, but also an entire range of appliances. This is all in the wake of the European Ecodesign Directive, which will go into effect on November 1st for clothes dryers.
Update: Welcome Small Dead Animals readers! Go Kate!
Update II: LA Times reports on the Black Box that the EPA and the IRS and California and probably Ontario wants to put in your car.