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Weatherize This!

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Pointlessly disturbing

If there's any consolation to the do-NOT-go-outdoors heatwave currently frying up the loudest part of the country, surely it must be that Smokin' Joe Biden's Recovery Through Retrofit program is busy during these energy-intensive days weatherizing jobs out of thin air, right?

Not quite:

An Obama administration program to promote energy efficiency in homes appears to have met insurmountable resistance from financial regulators who are worried about its effect on residential mortgages, federal and local officials said Saturday.

Link via the Twitter feed of Mickey Kaus.

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  1. Watching the blubbering and whimpering on the news from Our Media Capital, I can’t help but think “What a bunch of pussies.”

    Their “catastrohic heatwave” is pretty much typical summer weather in DFW, and I’m sure most of the Southeast.

    1. most of the Southeast

      So that’s where most of our cooling dollars go!

    2. OMG it’s 100 degrees in July! GW! WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!

    3. We’re basting in our own narcissism.

      1. You arrogant fools are all going to get a nasty wakeup call when the climate falls apart.

        1. I doubt the climate in the highlands of Panama will be much affected, Chad.

          OMG, the average temperature might rocket all the way from 72 to 74 degrees!!! In the worst case scenario!! Sometime after I’m dead.

          Yawn.

        2. You know, I hope you’re right.

          ASSUMING that the outlier predictions for AGW propounded are correct, the average temperature will go up 2 degrees C by 2100, by which time I will have likely been dead for some time.

          If someone can find a way to wake me up then, it will be great.

        3. If we are actually influencing the climate, it took us about 150 years to get to this point. I really doubt that the 6 billion plus humans can dramatically alter their behaviours fast enough to turn it around. Even if we could, the economic effects would destroy humankind faster than the climate will. I would rather continue full steam ahead and find out just how adaptable man is. For now, Mother Nature is our bitch.

          1. It’s almost 7 billion now.

        4. Well, your beloved average global temps are still… average. The SE was 10-15 degrees below average for the weekend. We’re not exactly preparing for the next ice age here in FL just because it was closer to 80 than 95 all weekend.

          1. Keep snarking, you fools. I’m right, and you know it.

    4. I was thinking the same thing as I went for a run three weeks ago at 11 am in 94 degree 90% humidity weather.

      1. Was a bear chasing you?

        1. No. I don’t run through the gay neighborhood when it’s hot. Too many hills.

    5. I’ll trade them any day. Here in Alabama, a summer day that’s less than 90 is abnormal and 100 is really common. It worse when you factor in the terrible humidity thats common. Just try cutting the grass when the heat index is 110. You come in looking like someone hit you with a hose.

      We had a whole week like that recently. The dew point was nearly 80 degrees. The sun was still up when the dew fell. Absolutely insane….

      1. Shower in May. Dry off sometime in October.

        The humidity is the worst part.

    6. R C Dean|7.6.10 @ 10:49AM|#
      Watching the blubbering and whimpering on the news from Our Media Capital, I can’t help but think “What a bunch of pussies.”

      Their “catastrohic heatwave” is pretty much typical summer weather in DFW, and I’m sure most of the Southeast.

      The “Media Capital” considers a three-alarm fire in Manhattan “national news”. A nuke going off in Tulsa OK, is a “filler item.”

    7. Actually the southeast doesn’t get quite as hot as the Plains States. The humidity in the SE can be a bitch but we rarely top 100. 110s aren’t uncommon in Kansas.

      1. I think the breezy conditions on the plains make it a bit more tolerable. It is often hot humid and calm here in south Alabama.

        1. With generations of ancestors from Ozark and Baton Rouge, I barely notice the heat.

          1. I live in Ozark. Born on Fort Rucker. Lotsa family in Southern Mississippi.

    8. In the spirit of one-upmanship:

      Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Weather

      Updated: Jul 6, 2010, 8pm Local Time

      95? F
      Feels Like: 109? F
      Dew Point: 77? F

      1. Yeah, that’s what I grew up with on the East Coast of KSA. 115 in the shade, with 80% humidity.

        Sucks the life right out of you.

        1. The Gulf is an unforgiving bitch.

          You actually grew up in KSA? Ugh.

    9. Seriously! Last summer in Houston we had almost 2 weeks off 100+ heat, and we still had football practice!

  2. the government has begun telling municipalities to think of other ways to use the millions in economic stimulus funds that had been set aside for the green initiative

    And make darn sure they have no unintended consequences.

  3. “loudest part of the country”

    This made me laugh. So true…

  4. If there were ever any doubt as to Biden’s dumbshittery… this is it.

    1. You have to admit, though, I have me some nice choppers!

      1. Like you said to me a while back… they ARE a big fucking deal, Joe.

      2. You know who else had nice choppers?

        1. George Washington?

        2. The Hells Angels.

        3. Me!

        4. I know!

        5. A bunch of alligators eating raw meat?

          1. Me AND my tan beat all you pallid, no-teeth-havin’ bitches.

  5. Yeah, but the amount of money the improvements will add to home value will far exceed their cost. So why should the lender worry?

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, oh, I kill me sometimes.

    1. the amount of money the improvements will add to home value will far exceed their cost

      You laugh. Why do you think we’ve driving up the cost of energy?

  6. I haven’t seen nary a mention yet of the French clusterfuck of a few years ago that happened while their state run medical establishment was on summer vacation.

  7. But why is the bald guy douching in front of an open window?

    1. Maybe the fan will dry it out?

  8. I really find it difficult to believe that these dumbasses didn’t know that putting these stupid loans in first lien position would completely fuck up what remained of the system of mortgage finance nationwide and worldwide [since so many of our bond purchasers are overseas].

    Any fucking one-paralegal voicemail attorney who has ever done a single real estate closing could have told these dopes that this wouldn’t work.

    I have to assume that they simply DIDN’T ASK anyone with any real estate finance knowledge at all before they devised this program.

    This is what happens when you staff your administration with PIRG lawyers who don’t know anything about anything.

    I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but I eternally am.

    1. No kidding.

      My guess is that this program is forcing an awful lot of mortgage-backed bonds into technical default. I would be astonished if those bonds didn’t have covenants requiring that they be backed only by first-lien mortgages.

      Oopsie!

    2. I really find it difficult to believe that these dumbasses didn’t know that putting these stupid loans in first lien position would completely fuck up what remained of the system of mortgage finance nationwide and worldwide [since so many of our bond purchasers are overseas].

      Never underestimate the power of stupidity.

        1. Even Pro D’ib?

          1. The Kwittheshitz Hadenough’s power to contend against fools is quite limited.

    3. We care about you, so sit down and shut the fuck up.

      1. …and we’re here to help.

  9. I love how people in New York think the rest of the country cares how hot it is there.

    Couldn’t care less out here in non-a/c Colorado (I don’t have one because I care about the environment, not because I’m cheap).

    1. But, do I give a damn about you?

      1. Just because I shit in your closet after we broke up doesn’t mean I don’t care anymore.

    2. You should understand though, Jehovah and I are in a thousands of years old race to be considered the worst God ever. We are neck and neck in that competition. Such is our cruelty, Baal bowed out years ago.

      1. You really have to work to keep up with Jehovah. – Hannibal Lechter

  10. Next the gubmint will require all souffle kitchens to hire morbidly obese one-legged sous chefs. EOE and ADA and all that.

  11. Further confirmation that yankees are a bunch of little sandy vaginas.

  12. Amusingly, it’s nicer in Houston than in Philadelphia. So, score.

    And not just in terms of hygiene.

    Also, as someone who grew up in Dallas, bitching about 100 degrees just seems silly.

    1. I worded that poorly. I’m 21, not really a child.

    2. Those east coasters are a bunch of vaginas. I live in Oklahoma. Summer here means pretty much every day the temperature reaches at LEAST 92 F, and it’s not at all surprising if it goes over 100; in August it is surprising if the temperature on a given day stays below 100. And this is every year, not in some special heat wave.

      1. Georgia’s on the east coast too, and mid 90’s are nothing for this time of year. Funny enough, we had a relatively cool weekend, but the New Yorkers are bitching.

        All I can do is laugh 🙂

  13. Their “catastrohic heatwave” is pretty much typical summer weather in DFW, and I’m sure most of the Southeast.

    It’s normal weather about 100 miles south of where the DOOMSDAY DOOMWAVE OF DOOM is. So it’s slightly warmer there than usual. If it weren’t the only thing on the news in the whole country, people there might even have noticed it.

    “Fuck, it’s hot.”
    “Kinda is, yeah.”

    Humanity’s last words? Probably!

  14. This is what happens when you staff your administration with PIRG lawyers

    EEK!

  15. 100 degrees is quite hot for civilized men.

    Who cares how hot it is in the jungles and deserts of Texas, where the Texas bushmen live in their loincloths, worshipping their Coke bottles?

    Not this former New Yorker.

    1. You forgot to adjust your monocle and pith helment.

      1. I’m so civilized I have two monocles.

        And I connected them together with a little piece of metal that goes over my nose, thus demonstrating once again what civilized ingenuity can do!

        1. Oh yeah? I have two pith helmets and one is OEM!

        2. Bionicles.

          1. I say, Lovey, what is with all these dreadful poor people on this internet device? How simply droll they are!

    2. The Gods would drop a Dr Pepper bottle in Texas.

      Chrome seems to have done me wrong on the earlier post, but it could be a lack of caffeine, as well.

  16. It was forty six when I got up; it’s all the way up to fifty four, now.

    I might have to toss another bundle of T-bills on the fire.

  17. The Gods would drop a Dr Pepper bottle in Texas.

    1. Yes, but in Texas, as in the South all soft drinks are “cokes.” Much the same as many refer to all refrigerants as “Freon.”

  18. And in more “They shoulda known” news:

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/US…..er/?hpt=T2

    Apparently the blimp Obama was sending to the Gulf to fight the oil spill has been delayed by weather.

    Did these people learn nothing from the Ron Paul campaign?

    Don’t they know that blimps are the kiss of death? And that they are always late on account of weather?

    Was no teabagger on hand to share these lessons of history with our unflappable President?

    1. He’s send a blimp to fight an oil spill, your argument is irrelevant.

    2. He’s sending a blimp to fight an oil spill, during hurricane season.

      What could possibly go wrong? For that matter, what could possibly go right?

      1. I hear satellites have a much better + resistance to hurricane than blimps.

        1. What about space hurricanes? Huh? Didn’t think about those, did you?

          1. The future of NASA’s blimp budget doesn’t look too good. Guess Uranus is shit out of luck with that space hurricane headed straight for it.

            1. I hear the Muslim nations are going to rally and save the program with some sort of super blimp.

              1. Well, DARPA has a spy blimp. Does that count?

                1. What, did they hire Linda Tripp or something?

    3. Don’t they know that blimps are the kiss of death?

      One sure was for Bill Clinton.

      1. Wasn’t that more the suck of death than the kiss?

        1. Either way, it involved a blimp and some spillage.

        2. Either way, it involved a blimp and some spillage.

          1. Dammit man. I get ta thinkin ’bout Monica and get all twitchy.

        3. Either way, it involved a blimp and some spillage.

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