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I didn’t know the Secretary of Energy was like Dog the Bounty Hunter or Sheriff Sam in Dodge City, but among the many, many, many, many (multiply that times about 1,000) powers granted to the Secretary, he will have the ability to hunt down horrible scoundrels and put them out of their misery.
According to the most recent version of H.R. 2454 aka Cap & Trade, the Secretary of Energy will be paying bounties. Yes. Bounties. Seriously.
The criminals needing hunted down? Your old Maytag fridge, Norge basement deep freeze, and Hot Point clothes dryer.
The final version passed by the House contained the following language in Section 214:
“(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of Energy shall make bounty payments to–
(A) retailers for the replacement, retirement, and recycling of older operating low-efficiency products that might otherwise continue in operation; and
(B) manufacturers of Superefficient Best-in-Class Products for the retirement and recycling of older operating low-efficiency products that perform the same function and which might otherwise continue in operation.
(2) BOUNTIES- Bounties shall be payable–
(A) to a retailer upon documentation that the sale of a Best-in-Class Product was accompanied by the replacement, retirement, and recycling of–
(i) an inefficient but still-functioning product; or
(ii) a nonfunctioning product containing a refrigerant, by the consumer to whom the Best-in-Class Product was sold; and
(B) to a manufacturer upon documentation of the retirement and recycling of–
(i) an inefficient but still-functioning product from a consumer to whom a Superefficient Best-in-Class Product was delivered; or
(ii) a nonfunctioning product containing a refrigerant from a consumer to whom a Superefficient Best-in-Class Product was delivered.
(A) FUNCTIONING PRODUCTS- The bounty payment payable under this subsection for a product described in paragraphs (2)(A)(i) and (2)(B)(i) shall be based on the difference between the estimated energy use of the product replaced and the energy use of an average new product in the product class, over the estimated remaining lifetime of the product that was replaced.
(B) NONFUNCTIONING PRODUCTS CONTAINING REFRIGERANTS- The bounty payment payable under this subsection for a product described in paragraphs (2)(A)(ii) and (2)(B)(ii) shall be in the amount that the Secretary of Energy, in consultation with the Administrator, determines is sufficient to promote the recycling of such products, up to the amount of bounty for a comparable product described in paragraphs (2)(A) and (2)(B).
(4) RETIREMENT- The Secretary shall ensure that no product for which a bounty is paid under this subsection is returned to active service, but that it is instead destroyed, and recycled to the extent feasible.”