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California Just Outlawed My TV

John on November 19, 2009 at 7:00 am

I love California. I also hate California:

Energy Commissioners say the new TV ban will save Californians one billion dollars a year in electricity costs, but some customers told 17 News they don’t want the government telling them what kind of TV to buy. Martin Garcia will likely buy an energy efficient LCD flat screen TV, but he disagrees with the new state law that forces him to do so.

“It’s good for the environment and I’m all for it but I hate for the government telling you what kind of TV you should have in your home,” Garcia said…

The law would ban all TVs under 58 inches that energy commissioners say are inefficient. The LG 42-inch LCD is a big seller, and under the new law, it has to use less than 183 watts, which it does. That brand will stay on the shelves. However, the less expensive Panasonic 42-inch plasma will have to go.

You guessed it. I own a 42″ Panasonic Plasma. It’s a great TV. I compared it to the LG LCD and you know what? Plasma looks better. But it’s the equivalent of running an extra 100 watt light bulb, and the state has decided that’s unacceptable.

Did I mention that I hate California?

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