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Title: Don't want to be bothered with "Political stuff?" You'd better read this one
Post by: marahal on April 09, 2010, 02:18:57 AM

    Don't  want to be bothered with "Political  stuff?"   You'd better read this one.  It will come as a huge shock to you if you  aren't informed as to what Obama is up to,  and it has already passed one hurdle.   It will take very little now to put it into  actual law!!  YOU'D BETTER WAKE UP AMERICA  !!!!
  So  you think you live in a free country. 
  Boy  have you got a surprise  coming.

A  License Required for your HOUSE?

If you  own your home you really need to check this out.  At the end of this email is the Google link to  verify.  If the country thinks the housing  market is depressed now, wait until everyone  sees this. No one will be buying homes in the  future.

We encourage you to read the  provisions of the Cap and Trade Bill that has  passed the House of Representatives and are  being considered by the Senate. We are ready to  join the next march on Washington ! This  Congress and their "experts" are truly  out to destroy the middle class of the   U.S.A.

A License will be required for your longer just for cars and  mobile homes....Thinking about selling your  house?  Take a look at H.R. 2454  (Cap  and Trade bill).  This is  unbelievable!  Home owners take  note and tell your friends and relatives  who are home owners!

Beginning one  year after enactment of the Cap and Trade Act,  you won't be able to sell your home unless you  retrofit it to comply with the energy and water  efficiency standards of this  "Cap &  Trade" bill, passed by the House of  Representatives. If it is also passed by the  Senate, it  will be the largest tax increase any of us has  ever experienced. 
   The  Congressional Budget Office (supposedly  non-partisan) estimates that in just a few years  the average  cost to every family of four will be $6,800 per  year.  No one is excluded.  However, once the  lower classes feel the pinch in their wallets,  you can be sure that these voters will get a tax  refund (even if they pay no taxes at all) to  offset this new cost. Thus, you Mr. And Mrs.  Middle Class have to pay even more since  additional tax dollars will be needed to bail  out everyone else..

But wait. This awful  bill (that no one in Congress has actually read)  has many more surprises in it. Probably the  worst one is this: A year from now you won't be  able to sell your house without some  bureaucrat's OK. Yes, you read that right. 
The  caveat (there always is a caveat) is that  if you have enough money to make required major  upgrades to your home, then you can sell it.  But, if not, then forget it. Even pre-fabricated  homes ("mobile homes") are included. In effect,  this bill prevents you from selling your home  without the permission of the EPA administrator. 
   To  get this permission, you will have to have the  energy efficiency of your home measured. Then  the government will tell you what your new  energy efficiency requirement is and you will  be required to make modifications to your  home under the retrofit provisions of this Act,  to comply with the new energy and water  efficiency requirements. 
   Then  you will have to get your home measured again  and get a license (called a "label" in the Act)  that must be posted on your property to show  what your efficiency rating is; sort of like the  Energy Star efficiency rating label on your  refrigerator or air conditioner. If you don't  get a high enough rating, you can't sell.   
   And,  the EPA administrator is authorized to raise the  standards every year, even above the automatic  energy efficiency increases built into the Act.  The EPA administrator, appointed by the  President, will run the Cap & Trade  program  (AKA the "American Clean Energy  and Security Act of 2009") and is authorized to  make any future changes to the regulations and  standards he/she alone determines to be in the  government's best interest. Requirements are set  low initially so the bill will pass Congress.  Then the Administrator can set new  standards every year.

The Act itself  contains annual required increases in energy  efficiency for private and commercial residences  and buildings. However, the EPA administrator  can set higher standards at any time. Sect. 202  - Building Retrofit Program mandates a national  retrofit program to increase the energy  efficiency of all existing homes across   America . 
   Beginning one  year after enactment of the Act, you won't be  able to sell your home unless you retrofit it to  comply with its energy and water efficiency  standards. You had better sell soon, because the  standards will be raised each year and will be  really hard (expen$ive) to meet in a few years.  Oh, goody!
   The  Act allows the government to give you a grant of  several thousand dollars to comply with the  retrofit program requirements IF you meet  certain energy efficiency levels. But, wait, the  State can set additional requirements on who  qualifies to receive the grants. You should  expect requirements such as "can't have an  income of more than $50K per year", "home  selling price can't be more than $125K", or  anything else to target the upper middle class  (that includes YOU?) and prevent you  from qualifying for the grants.   
   Most  of us won't get a dime and will have to pay the  entire cost of the retrofit out of our own  pockets. More transfer of wealth, more "change  you can believe in." Sect. 204 - Building Energy  Performance Labeling Program establishes a  labeling program that for each individual  residence will identify the achieved energy  efficiency performance for "at least 90 percent  of the residential market within 5 years after  the date of the enactment of this  Act."

This means that within 5 years 90%  of all residential homes in the U.S. must be  measured and labeled. The EPA administrator will  get $50M each year to enforce the labeling  program. The Secretary of the Department of  Energy will get an additional $20M each year to  help the EPA. Some of this money will,  of course, be spent on coming up with tougher  standards each year...

Oh, the label will  be like a license for your car. You will be  required to post the label in a conspicuous  location in your home and will not be allowed to  sell your home without having this label. And,  just like your car license, you will probably be  required to get a new label every so often -  maybe every year. 
   But,  the government estimates the cost of measuring  the energy efficiency of your home should only  cost about $200 each  time.  Remember what they said about the auto smog  inspections when they first started: that in   California ? It would only cost $15. That was  when the program started. Now the cost is about  $50 for the inspection and  certificate.
    Expect  the same from the home labeling program. Sect.  304 - Greater Energy Efficiency in Building  Codes establishes new energy efficiency  guidelines for the National Building Code and  mandates at 304(d) that one year after  enactment of this Act, all state and local  jurisdictions must adopt the National Building  Code energy efficiency provisions or must obtain  a certification from the federal government that  their state and/or local codes have been brought  into full compliance with the National Building  Code energy efficiency  standards.