As part of the Obama administration’s “economic stimulus” package, $300 million in rebates for buying energy-efficient products has been set aside as a reward for ditching your old appliances. State governments were required to submit detailed plans to the Obama administration to explain how they would give that taxpayer money away. So unlike the “Cash for Clunkers” program, each state is in charge of its own “Cash for Appliances” plan.
Programs have already been scheduled for California, New York, and Florida. If you think your neighbors should be paying to replace your no longer trendy refrigerator and harvest gold washer with newer appliances, Arizona’s energy department contact information is here. Michelle Bermudes, the energy coordinator in charge of Arizona’s appliance rebate program, can be reached at (602) 771-1151.
Back in January, the liberal New York Times, a newspaper that endorsed Obama for president, wrote this about the “stimulus” costs estimates: But anyone who looked closely [at the table of numbers from the Congressional Budget Office] would have seen something strange about the table. It suggested that the bill would cost only $355 billion in all, rather than its actual cost of about $800 billion.
Why? It turns out that the table was analyzing only certain parts of the bill, like new spending on highways, education and energy. It ignored the tax cuts, jobless benefits and Medicaid payments — the very money that will be spent the fastest.
Even the New York Times gets it.