Busybody Senator Sherrod Brown’s Latest Effort to Control Your Life
Sen. Brown is teaming up with an EVIL OIL COMPANY to encourage house weatherization. Because you can’t be trusted to adjust your house insulation by yourself:
Aug 17, 2009 — CLEVELAND, OHIO – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited a Cleveland home on Friday to announce the launch of a new clean energy job training program. At a Cleveland home currently undergoing weatherization renovations that will improve its energy efficiency, Brown joined the National Community Action Foundation (NCAF) and ExxonMobil to announce funds that will be awarded to the Ohio Green Workforce Training Partnership through an inaugural grant from the NCAF ExxonMobil Weatherization Training Partnership.
“The weatherization program employs Ohio workers, using Ohio products, to lower energy costs for Ohio homeowners,” said Brown. “This program is not just about reducing energy use–it’s about job creation and economic development in Northeast Ohio.”[...]
Brown is a longtime champion of the weatherization assistance program, which helps homeowners save on energy costs through insulation improvements and energy efficiency improvements. Brown fought to increase funding for this program through the economic recovery legislation, under which Ohio is receiving more than $266 million in funds.
More insulation may be a good idea, but mandates on light bulbs, insulation, solar panels, “weatherization” et cetera can be very expensive and takes years to pay for themselves. Not to mention that over-insulation can be quite unhealthy.
And this comes in the same month that Sherrod Brown hosted a sham town hall last week to tell us why he wants Government to control your health care and announced that Federal dollars (ie, YOUR money) will be used to do the job of venture capitalists in so called “business incubators.”
Does Brown ever get tired of advocating for more government in every aspect of our lives? Apparently not. Maybe next week, in keeping with his backwards protectionist views, his next expensive scheme could be a plan to block all access to natural light in order to boost Ohio’s artificial light industry. And why not? That proposal would certainly “create jobs.”