Going off grid with solar has been all about about reducing consumption. So when I see governments forbid these dingy colored , asinine little heaters I experience shameful joy, trepidation and an immediate need to fit what is an act of aggression into a anarcho/panarcho/libertarian justification.
The joy of course because replacing 60 watt bulbs
with 14 watt bulbs is projected to allow 600,000 additional Ontarians to
exist on the same amount of electricity. But, there's shame too.
Should there even exist a government with the power to dictate choices
like that? Should there even exist a government? No to both. So
celebrating the exercise of majority power over property rights and
freedom is flawed. But then what about the ownership of our atmosphere?
It is certainly a shared resource and I can see no way to for it to be
privatized. There is a collective interest in it's maintenance. For
one reason or another the atmosphere is not being well cared for and
some of the players who might suffer from regulation are hardly my
capitalist heros. They claim to be, of course. But instead of nimble
competence in a free market they've used lobbying power to divvy up the
market into fiefdoms. Consider eminent domain land seizures by electric
utilities, government guaranteed regional monopolies for power
generation and distribution, industry lobbied Inspectoriates that
prevent free adoption of individual alternative energy production and
new building methods while at the same time providing life-long
employment for a new welfare class of otherwise useless government
employed losers who are too tired to work in the building trade and end
up as inspectors. There's dozens of more crimes I could list.
makes a bunch of incandescent bulbs and are the epitome of
military-industrial complex. I wish this regulation could kill them.
But they also make CF lamps and likely other future lighting
technologies. I wonder if they are not behind the whole thing. Get
people spending $2.50 a lamp instead of $0.25. But it's just a tiny
slice of their business anyway. They may be too big to care. If it were
to impact their shareholder value there's no doubt a government welfare
check in the mail.
But what else might the regulatoriate try to
impose? If they can have this why not enhanced road tax on alt-energy
cars and tax on off-grid solar producers? Grow your own food on your
own land and you are probably stealing from all the poor souls that
maintain your air and soil and water. How long before every type of
regulation is applied to food production? Oh, wait. Duh. Already is. We
have a system that pays farmers to produce less so that well lobbied
cartels can maximize profits while producing less and costing consumers
more in a world where not everyone is well fed. Farmers can double
their income by adding a second mail box.
How long before it is claimed that Nasa maintains the sun and there are no free rides?