EPA Spends $300,000 to “Change the Habits” of American Workers

The Environmental Protection Agency, not satisfied with the damage their regulations are doing to the nation’s fossil fuel industry, has awarded $300,000 in grant money to a tech company that will alert American office workers that they are using too much energy.

The company, Lucid Design Group, is in the midst of developing technology that will track electricity and water use in commercial office buildings.

“Through this project, Lucid is focused on reducing energy consumption in commercial buildings by influencing people’s behavior,” said a press release from the EPA. “With this award, it will further develop, test and commercialize low-cost high-tech approaches that can reduce electricity use in commercial buildings by providing real-time feedback to office workers.”

Yep. Americans are growing increasingly angry about the woeful state of the economy, and the Obama administration thinks this is a good time to harass those workers about how much energy they’re consuming.

“The technology seeks to reduce peak electricity demand and associated utility bill costs through ambient color-based visual messaging; balancing energy usage and occupant comfort,” said the federal agency.

It’s tough to chop your way through the government-speak to figure out what this technology will actually do, but here’s the best guess. Lucid is apparently developing a system of lights that will change color according to how much energy building occupants are using. If you went to one of those schools where the administrators put up a traffic light in the cafeteria, you probably get the gist of it. Those lights would turn yellow and then red according to the level of student noise. These lights will do something similar according to energy/water use.

“Lucid’s project is a great example of how technology can be used to help protect the environment,” said an EPA spokesman. “Giving office workers immediate feedback on their energy use can help them to change their habits for the better.”

This agency has gone off the reservation. The EPA under Obama is no longer about reigning in pollution and making sure our water is safe to drink. In fact, as we’ve seen in Flint, they can’t even manage to do that. Instead, it’s about carrying out an anti-American agenda that treats the nation’s citizens like children. And while they position this technology as something that will subtly pressure workers to “change their habits,” you can bet your bottom dollar that it won’t remain a suggestion for long. Another ten years of liberal dominance in Washington, and they’re going to stop “trying” and start “forcing” us to change our wasteful ways.

As dangerous as illegal immigration and Islamic terrorism are to our country, the biggest threat to America may very well be this ridiculous climate-change issue. Democrats are using this issue to undermine the free market, redistribute wealth, and expand the federal government to an unprecedented degree. We are headed for a very dark future, and it has nothing to do with melting ice caps and super-hurricanes.


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