Not surprisingly, Californians are divided on the proposal to ban the sale of large screen televisions.
The proposal, which would ban the sale of 25% of large screen televisions, including all plasmas over 60,” was met with dismay, not only from consumers, but from retailers as well.
“This regulation is absurd,” says Jim Kingsley, CEO of Kingsley Audio Video. “The CEC cannot regulate the entire market, so savvy consumers are simply going to buy the TV models they want online and across-state-lines -- sending jobs and tax revenues with it.”
Another local businessman, William Janka of Mission Audio Video, expressed his concern not only for the economy, but for future technologies. "I am concerned that this regulation will delay or ban new technologies -- like 3D-HDTV or Internet-enabled TVs -- if they can't comply with the California Energy Commission's regulations,” he stated.
According to a poll conducted by Zogby International, 59% of people polled believe that the option to select a less energy efficient television should be a choice left to the consumer, not to the government. 58% of those polled called this proposal out as “another example of the costly and unnecessary rules the state continues to force on small business owners.”
Source: Press Release