First it was gas stoves, and now it is washing machines.
The Department of Energy has released new efficiency standards for washing machines that critics say will create a cleaning problem for most households.
The changes were submitted in an effort to "confront the global climate crisis."
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The new guidelines have come under heavy criticism for making the machines far less effective at cleaning clothes.
The Free Beacon said the new guidelines will make "each cycle will take longer, the detergent will cost more, and in the end, the clothes will be less clean."
American Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow James Coleman told Fox News Digital, "Like many efficiency standards, the government claims that although these standards will raise the cost of appliances, they are justified because they will reduce consumer spending on energy and water even more.
"Of course, if that were true, consumers would likely buy more efficient appliances anyway, given that studies show consumers consider energy and water costs. If consumers do fully consider what they will pay on energy in their individual circumstances, then the standards would, on-net, harm consumers.
The Department of Energy countered, "This proposal builds on the more than 110 actions the Biden-Harris administration took in 2022 to strengthen energy efficiency standards and save the average family at least $100 annually through lower energy bills.
"Collectively these energy efficiency actions will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2.4 billion metric tons, save consumers $570 billion cumulatively over 30 years, and support President Biden's ambitious clean energy agenda to combat the climate crisis."
The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers went after the sweet spot, claiming that the new regulations would impact low-income households the most because cheaper appliances would no longer be available.
It also stated that manufacturers would lose about $700 million to bring machines up to the new standard, which, of course, will be passed on to the consumer.
Joe Biden is just hitting our pockets from every possible angle that he can think of right now.