Cap and trade legislation passed by the House and on its way to consideration by the Senate, if passed and signed by President Obama will devastate Historic Preservation throughout the United States and further cripple the United States housing market
As the house legislation is written all homes sales are conditioned upon an energy audit and a new energy rating assessment and energy labeling program for your home that’s outlined in the Democrats’ bill. Your home will be subjected to a new energy rating assessment and energy labeling program that will penalize you for older windows, original fixtures, and dated appliances.
This creates a huge problem for owners of historic homes across the country, especially those who are currently governed by historic district regulations that require that historic elements like windows and historic doors remain unchanged. Imagine being told by the federal government that your Tiffany stained glass windows were not "energy efficient" and must be replaced with thermopane windows! If this legislation happens it will be the law.
You would not be allowed the way this law is written to buy a "fixer upper" which would effectively send many homes to the bulldozer. It would not meet the energy rating and couldnt be sold until it does!
Love you old 1930 cooking stove? Say goodbye to it. Under the energy efficiency regulation you will have to get rid of it if you want to sell your home as you will be required to have 'energy star' rated appliances. You may have to open up original plaster walls to install additional insulation. Love those old radiators? They will have to go as because they will not be efficient.
Do you love your old gaslight out front? say goodbye to it. The legislation requires energy efficient lighting as early as 2012. This legislation will cripple the home building industry as well as it will mandate the tougher California building code for the entire nation which will add as much as 30 percent to the projected cost of a new home which will further cripple the economy.
Why? Analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency shows that world temperatures would be reduced by 0.1 to 0.2 degrees C. In other words, a statistically irrelevant difference that is completely unnoticeable.
The answer is simple: Call you Senator and complain, complain loudly and often. there will be a limited window to lobby against this bill.