Shades of North Korea in New Eco-Friendly Proposals for Californians
January 7, 2008 10:45 AM
From the American Thinker, there is word that proposed changes to California's building codes requires a PCT, which is a "programmable communicating thermostat." Here's how that works:
Every new home and every change to existing homes' central heating and air conditioning systems will required to be fitted with a PCT beginning next year following the issuance of the revision. Each PCT will be fitted with a "non-removable " FM receiver that will allow the power authorities to increase your air conditioning temperature setpoint or decrease your heater temperature setpoint to any value they chose. During "price events" those changes are limited to +/- four degrees F and you would be able to manually override the changes. During "emergency events" the new setpoints can be whatever the power authority desires and you would not be able to alter them.
Yes, you read that right. Governmental authorities in the state capital get to control the thermostat. It sounds to me like North Korea, where every home is equipped with a radio that plays government propaganda all day, every day. You can turn it down, but not off. It extolls the virtues of their Dear Leader, and passes on helpful "suggestions" such as "don't eat more than two meals a day," because more than two meals a day can be hazardous to your health. Maybe that's next for California? Why not have the PCT play tree-hugging propaganda? It's a radio. You can bet they can make it talk to you.
On the plus side to PCTs: The social savings. Think of all the arguments that are eliminated when you farm all the decision-making out to the government!