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California mulls big screen TV ban, could others follow suit?

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Old 03-26-2009, 06:17 AM   #1  
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If you’re a Californian AV fan, best hide that big plasma now. The California Energy Commission is apparently considering a proposal to outlaw all but the most energy-efficient TVs. Local politicians are warning that as demand for large screens grows, the demand on the state’s power grid will build, ultimately creating a need for more power plants.
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Old 03-26-2009, 10:38 AM   #2  
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That'll never happen. The US will no longer be a free country if you can't have a big screen TV.
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Old 03-26-2009, 11:51 AM   #3  
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That'll never happen. The US will no longer be a free country if you can't have a big screen TV.
We're not talking about a free country here, we're talking about Kali.

What a strange predicament. Big screens not allowed in Hollywood.
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Old 03-26-2009, 11:53 AM   #4  
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All the energy wasting going on and they want to limit our TV's? Gimme a break!
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I am so glad I left that place. Loved the weather and much of the scenery, but it's getting wackier and more bankrupt with the passing of each year.
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Another good an thought provoking thread by eHDMI.

But what I found missing in action is any quantification about how much more electricity various type sets use.

About a month ago I was surprised to find the two LCD TV's my wife got consume more electricity than equivalent sized CRT's.

And its decidedly not linear based on screen size. Even though my 19"
lcd has more than half of the screen square inches of my larger LCD 32" set, the larger lcd consumes more like 2.5X more power as measured in watts.

Somehow, I probably don't want to find out what a large size plasma set consumes.
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Old 03-26-2009, 01:26 PM   #7  
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I am so glad I left that place. Loved the weather and much of the scenery, but it's getting wackier and more bankrupt with the passing of each year.
Yeah, I contemplated moving the family out to Sugar Land. But I just didn't think we could adjust to the heat in the summer time.

It's still a thought in the back of my mind though. I love where I live, but the cost to live here may not be the most beneficial thing for us in the long run if we can't save any money.

I've lived here all my life though.
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Old 03-26-2009, 03:14 PM   #8  
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You all misunderstand the intent. This has nothing to do with energy consumption really (just look at all of the products that California allows on the market that waste far more energy than a big screen TV).

Energy consumption is just the excuse. You see, "poor people" can't afford big screen TV's, so it's unfair for anybody else to have them either.

I visit California all the time (especially the wine country ), but I would never, ever want to live there.

BTW, did anybody tell them that plug-in hybrid vehicles are a far bigger danger to their power grid than all of the flat screen TV's in the country?
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California is completley out of touch with reality.
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This part of the statement makes it sound really serious
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F**k CA!
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You all misunderstand the intent. This has nothing to do with energy consumption really (just look at all of the products that California allows on the market that waste far more energy than a big screen TV).

Energy consumption is just the excuse. You see, "poor people" can't afford big screen TV's, so it's unfair for anybody else to have them either.

I visit California all the time (especially the wine country ), but I would never, ever want to live there.

BTW, did anybody tell them that plug-in hybrid vehicles are a far bigger danger to their power grid than all of the flat screen TV's in the country?
I've often wondered about that. I just saw an article in the NY Post today regarding a new Tesla Motors Model S electric car (pretty hot looking) for $49K, and it boasts 300 miles on a charge. Now how much exactly does that charge cost the consumer. They never seem to divulge this information. Here in the northeast where the cost of electric is high, it might not be advantageous, other than cutting down emissions.
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Old 03-28-2009, 02:57 PM   #13  
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Watch... this is just a preemptive scare to allow folks to rebel... and then get hit with a TAX on it when you buy... and some will relent and say at least they did not stop me from buying it... just made it more expensive.

Tax and spend liberals... gotta love em!
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I would give that as much credence as I would a gun ban.
Let me clarify this. I mean if they pass a gun ban I would not care and anyone else can kiss my rear..
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Here's Wired magazines take on it.

http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2009/0...fornia-tv.html

Looks like it's just a proposal..


Check this out... a $120 light bulb replacement, you can take all of this a bit too far.

http://www.engadget.com/2009/03/29/g...ngs-up-at-120/
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