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A Brownstone Brooklyn lawmaker’s bid to make televisions more energy efficient is making a Bay Ridge colleague boil over with rage.

On a record-setting 103-degree day on Tuesday, state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) grew overheated when asked about a bill by state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn Heights) that would mandate efficiency standards beginning in 2011 and even tougher requirements in 2013.

The bill would mirror legislation already in place for air conditioners and refrigerators — yet Golden called it “the most asinine legislation I’ve seen in years.”

“It’s definitely another liberal overreach by the government,” continued the Bay Ridgite, who has seen his share of asinine legislation in his decade in Albany. “I wish they’d put their minds to better and appropriate legislation. This has no place in this economy.”

New televisions, such as plasma, high definition, liquid crystal display varieties, are watt-wasters, using as much as three times as much energy as older ones — and Squadron said his bill simply seeks to take pressure off the power grid.

He urged Golden to chill out.

“It’s disappointing to hear that Sen. Golden cares more about overseas TV manufacturers than about Brooklynites who are struggling with sky-high energy bills and brownouts in this scorching heat,” Squadron said.

Similar legislation has already passed in California and has been introduced in Massachusetts, signaling the beginning of a “national trend,” according to Squadron, whose bill affects only TVs manufactured after Jan. 1, 2011.

Consumers would not be forced to replace their existing devices under Squadron’s bill or a similar one that is moving through the Assembly.

But Golden said that the legislation would hurt businesses, which in turn will pass along higher prices to consumers. Moreover, he warned, the law could further alienate manufacturers from the region — and the country.

“The last thing in the world you want to do is impose sanctions,” Golden advised. “What you want to do is use tax credits to encourage businesses to set up shop here.”

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Mike Curatore from Carroll Gardens says:
I like Golden. I stomach Squadron. But I don't know if Golden is right about this hurting businesses. We're the consumers, and if we demand more energy efficient appliances the market should respond to us. I don't want to buy crap from overseas sweatshops -- I want to buy American-made goods, the more local the better, that going to cost me less in the end as a consumer.
July 7, 2010, 12:10 pm
Lawrence Gulotta from Park Slope says:
Senator Golden is arguing for tax credits for business. NYS recently revised the rules on the tax credit rich Empire Zones because of business corruption and financial mismanagement--all at the local level.

Senator Squadron's approach to new TV technology will save the consumer energy dollars as well a lightening the load on the electric grid.

I don't buy the argument that efficient TVs will cost the consumer more. How can efficient products hurt business? Senator Golden seems to be grandstanding. How typical of Republican folly.
July 7, 2010, 3:56 pm
Paco from Cobble Hill says:
It's a record heat wave in NYC and oil is still spilling in the gulf, yet Golden doesn't see why we need to reduce our excess energy use in every way possible?! Thank you Senator Squadron for taking a lead on this. I agree with the above comments... consumers are demanding more energy efficient products and our legislators are the ones who can ensure manufacturers produce them.
July 7, 2010, 11:49 pm
Jack from Bay Ridge says:
I can not see what is "assinine" about this bill at all - in fact it seems perfectly reasonable and appropriate during high energy consumption times - like right now!
Senator Golden is really pushing partisan politics, which is not pretty at all.
July 8, 2010, 8:17 am
Martin from Brooklyn Heights says:
I think Sen. Squadron needs to read up on this idea of government regulating TVs. In about 10 minutes, I was able to search the Internet and find out that this California regulation (not legislation) of TVs was pretty controversial and has apparently not been made official. It looks like there are a whole bunch of issues with this TV regulation that could lead to economic harm for local TV retailers and consumers (basically fewer TV models to sell and higher prices for buyers). I also found information that explained there already is a government program called Energy Star in place for TVs, refrigerators, computers and other products. It sounds like the Senator's legislation is not only a bad idea but actually unnecessary too.
July 8, 2010, 10:29 am
Steve from Brooklyn Heights says:
In response to Martin from BK Heights comment - the Energy Star program is only voluntary.
July 8, 2010, 12:28 pm
Chris from Bay Ridge says:
This is another overreach on government, as if Albany hasn't taxed us enough. Jack you seem to be the one pushing partisan politics, you sound pretty "asinine" when it comes to squeezing more taxes on us working stiffs in Bay Ridge.
July 8, 2010, 1:49 pm
Joe from Bay Ridge says:
It is the governments responsibility to legislate systems that serve the public's interest. The electrical grid is too important to fail, just like AIG was. It is interesting to see all the accusations of "overreach" fade in the wake of a disaster that effect the people. Does the Senator feel offshore oil platforms are properly regulated?
July 8, 2010, 11:48 pm
Steve from Bay Ridge says:
Joe The Partisan Liberal what the hell does BP have to do with this.

Typical Liberal Spin, Bottom line us working stiffs are being overtaxed thanks to regulation after regulation from this Castro like State.
July 9, 2010, 4:39 pm
howard beale from bay ridge says:
If you have to have TV, then you should be forced to get one that you have to pedal to create enough energy to watch, just like that crackpot sheriff in Arizona has for his prisoners.

As a matter of fact, only rich people should be allowed to use electricity. The rest of you slugs need to go outside and ride your bikes.
July 12, 2010, 9:30 am

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