GOP senator introduces legislation that would force Biden admin to live by their own rules

The failure of bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. to hold themselves to the same standards they would impose on the American people left one senator “turning up the heat on the Biden administration.”

“It’s time to make ’em squeal and sweat!”

Partisan control of the federal government may pass back and forth, but the creatures of the swamp endure. As such, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst (R) renewed her effort to force the paper pushers at the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency to practice what they preach before regulating away the rights of taxpayers.

“I’m turning up the heat on the Biden administration to pull the plug on their ridiculous regulations and make Washington bureaucrats think twice before imposing arbitrary rules on Americans,” the lawmaker said in a statement to Fox News Digital on legislation she intended to introduce Wednesday.

Proof enough of the apparent ruling class in the halls of the federal government, the attempt was not Ernst’s first go-round on this front as her last attempt to sweat out the DOE and EPA was in September.

“If they truly believe it’s good enough for hardworking Americans, they should be ready and willing to lead by example and follow their own guidelines,” her statement continued.

Dating back to 2019, the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program has promoted a recommendation that home thermostats be set well above what the average person would find to be comfortable. Despite room temperature being widely accepted at 72 degrees Fahrenheit, the government would have people set their thermostats at 78 degrees in the morning, 82 degrees for sleeping, and up to 85 degrees during the day.

“Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs,” the literature promoted after attempting to guilt the climate-conscious by arguing, “Did you know the energy used in the average house is responsible for twice as many greenhouse gas emissions as the average car?”

The collective outcry could readily be summed up as “Sorry, that’s gonna be a no for me.”

“When the power plants burn fossil fuels to make electricity, they release greenhouse gases. By using less energy at home, you help reduce the emissions that contribute to global warming,” the EPA further encouraged.

Lest those more heat- than cold-tolerant be misled, similar recommendations were promoted for the winter months harkening back to nearly 50-year-old guidance from President Jimmy Carter’s administration to “waste less energy” by knocking heat down to 55 degrees at night and wear sweaters if you’re cold.

Though not quite as extreme, the EPA suggested thermostats be set at least as low as 62 degrees for sleep through the winter and to keep it below 70 degrees throughout the rest of the day.

“The reality is, Biden bureaucrats are pushing their out-of-touch agenda on the American people to compensate for their failed radical green agenda,” Ernst’s statement added before concluding, “It’s time to make ’em squeal and sweat!”

The senator’s previous attempt to pass this legislation had come at a time when blackouts were rampant because of the power grids’ inability to handle consumption as regulations and decreased domestic production under Biden’s leadership had hamstrung America’s energy sector.

Now, Ernst’s bill comes as the DOE has repeatedly overstepped with regulatory powers to attempt to control the types of appliances available to consumers, regardless of what future costs might be incurred.


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