Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) lashed out at the Biden administration for newly implementing energy efficiency standards for new mobile homes in a rule that will spike the costs of these historically low-income households.
Officials out of the Energy Department brought on a new final rule late last year which requires single-section and multi-section mobile homes to meet new climate-dependent energy conservation measures. The new standards are thought to spike the estimated cost of larger mobile homes between $4,100 and $4,500, a massive increase from the $81,400 in average costs for newly built mobile homes, as expressed in data from the Census Bureau.
As the ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, Scott explained in a letter addressed to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm that this new policy will just continue to "raise costs for families" attempting to secure affordable homeownership opportunities in a struggling housing market. He went on to add that the standards marked are "overly broad, unduly burdensome, and undermine commonsense efforts to increase supply and assist families looking for affordable housing opportunities" even as they call on consumers to "bear the costs imposed by climate alarmists."
Officials out of the Energy Department have meanwhile claimed that this final rule will end up saving mobile home residents in the long run as they end up paying less for power. The standards call for additional and more stringent duct and air sealing, insulation, and hot water system specifications.
"Manufactured housing is truly one of the best opportunities for helping families realize the dream of homeownership, accounting for roughly six percent of housing stock and being the largest source of unsubsidized affordable housing in the country," Scott went on. "I ask that you immediately delay implementation of this rule to provide hard-working families relief from this costly and misguided regulation."
The Biden administration, which has set up a "whole-of-government effort" to drop overall carbon emissions and incentivize the creation of green energy, drafted a large number of similar rules over the past few years. Officials have introduced new rules regarding emissions for all household appliances such as gas stoves; Granholm nevertheless admitted that she owns that particular appliance personally.