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Energy Efficiency Regulations Set Dangerous Precedent

Ted Gayer and Kip Viscusi

A recent wave of government regulations has mandated energy efficiency standards for products ranging from passenger cars and commercial vehicles, to clothes dryers, air conditioners, and light bulbs. Federal regulators tout these new rules as “greenhouse gas initiatives” with the purported aim of reducing environmental pollutants—especially those that contribute to climate change.

But as the regulatory agencies’ own estimates confirm, the environmental benefits of these regulations are negligible, and are often dwarfed by the societal costs they impose.

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