Watch Out For Big Brother!

Posted on February 27th, 2020 · Music/Events/Other

Originally- Posted on February 18th, 2019

* Watch Out For Big Brother!

Plastic Straws, Plastic Bags, Plastic Knives & Forks, Sugary Drinks Portion Cap Rule…

If you guys can’t see what’s happening in this country- you better open your eyes real fast!

Take a look at what the State of California recently instituted…

Why California’s new solar mandate could cost new homeowners up to an extra $10,000
California became the first state in the nation to make solar mandatory for new houses. Beginning in 2020, newly constructed homes must have solar panels, which could be costly for homeowners.
The state estimates that the cost will be offset by savings on utility bills.
Yet the added costs could hit “the affordable side of the market,” an expert told CNBC.
Trent Gillies | @trentCNBC
Published 14 Hours Ago Updated 14 Hours Ago
Recently, California became the first state in the nation to make solar mandatory for new houses. Beginning in 2020, newly constructed homes must have solar panels, which could be costly for homeowners: According to California’s Energy Commission (CEC), that mandate will add between $8,000 and $10,000 to the cost of a new home.

CEC estimates suggest that the solar addition will increase the average monthly mortgage payment by $40, but new homeowners will save an average of $80 a month on their heating, cooling and lighting bills.

Still, the requirement does add a costly additional expense to already pricey new homes in one of the richest real estate markets in the country.

Danielle Hale, chief economist at, told CNBC’s “On the Money” that the new solar requirement could undermine a segment of the real estate market that’s struggled to add to new homes relative to demand.

The added costs could hit “the affordable side of the market,” she said, where prices on available homes have been under pressure.

“It’s a very different perspective depending on if you’re looking for affordable homes, or pricier homes,” Hale told CNBC. “It’s already difficult for builders to build, and I think this is just going to exacerbate that problem.”

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Will other places follow suit?

Although the law begins next year, a study found 8 of the 10 U.S. cities with the highest percentage of home solar panels are already in California, and more than six percent of homes in San Jose feature solar panels. The second highest percentage is in Salinas with 4.8 percent, and San Diego is fourth with about 3.3 percent “green” homes.

Phoenix (#3) and Prescott (#5), both in Arizona, are the only cities outside of California in the top ten. So will other states follow California and add the solar requirement?

“We might see states or localities make those decisions,” Hale said. “I think it’s going to take a couple of years before people see how the ramifications play out and what it really does for building in California, before they decide if it’s a good idea to follow suit.”

It all depends on whether home owners directly affected by the changes will embrace them willingly. Sanjay Garje recently told CNBC that he’s buying a home currently under construction in Santa Clara, CA that will come with solar panels on his roof — one year ahead of the requirement.

“I almost got apprehensive about it because we live in a free society and somebody is telling me I have to have solar in the home, ” Garje said.

With his home nearing completion, Garje found that after doing the math, he estimates his monthly energy savings could reach $200. He said he now welcomes the rooftop solar installation, calling it “the icing on the cake.”

–CNBC’s Aditi Roy and Yasmin Khorram contributed to this report.

On the Money airs on CNBC Saturdays at 5:30 am ET, or check listings for air times in local markets.

Trent Gille

11 Comments to “Watch Out For Big Brother!”

  1. Joey Colombo says...

    So true!
    Like doing away with plastic straws is going to save the human race😟

  2. Gary Goldberg says...

    You guys recall when that dope Bloomberg in NYC was trying to regulate the size of soda cups to stop you from drinking too much soda? Now this fool wants to be president.

    Jeff, you are so right, the people of this country are like sheep being led to slaughter.

    One day, the Govt is going to put RFID chips in everyone and this way it will know every freaking thing you do.

    America better wise up and make sure that it’s leaders aren’t these bleeding heart liberals who preach all of this bullshit.

  3. Linda Diamond says...

    Nice discussion.
    Too many politicians trying to run our lives.

  4. Michael Rosen says...

    Very scary time in America.
    Local governments getting way too involved in people’s lives.
    Now it’s plastic straws and forks and knives, God only knows what’s coming next.

  5. Mark says...

    Whats next building codes that force builders to meet hurricane standards.

    • TURNER says...

      Mark, big difference between telling people how much soda they can drink and hurricane standards. One makes sense and ones absurd big brother. It’s people like you who apparently cant tell the difference and that’s why we are in trouble in this country.

      • Mark says...

        I am not speaking to soda consumption i was speaking to setting building codes. Whats next making public buildings have fire sprinklers? And lets not have any laws as to what corporations can dump we need more love canals and cancer cells.

    • KLEINMAN says...

      Mark, Scary that you can’t tell the difference.
      You are one of the sheep.

      • mark says...

        I am a sheep for not having issues with building codes ROFL.

  6. Anthony Franza says...

    Great column and very fitting for Presidents‘ Day.
    Too many dopes trying to manage people’s lives.

    Plastic straws. Absolutely absurd.

    I never thought I’d being say this, but thank GOD for the ACLU.

  7. Gary Sinclair says...

    The Nanny State

    One of the more disturbing trends in government expansion over the last 30 years has been the collection of laws, regulations, and binding court decisions that make up the ”nanny state.” Those laws and regulations represent government at its most arrogant. Their message is clear: politicians and bureaucrats know more about how to live your life, manage your health, and raise your kids than you do. Former president Ronald Reagan once said: ”Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.” Today’s policymakers would do well to heed Reagan’s words.

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