The influential lobby group Consumer Electronics Assn. is fighting what appears to be a losing battle to dissuade California regulators from passing the nation's first ban on energy-hungry big-screen televisions...LA Times, Mark Lifsher, 10/15/2009
Let's see. California won't develop its own offshore oil and inland natural gas resources, but it's going to ban LCD TVs of a certain size because they use "too much" energy. There's a certain logic to these two things. However, most manufacturers' new sets already meet, or soon will meet, the proposed new standards for energy use by large screen televisions in California. Perhaps the new rules serve the same purpose as banning energy development -- good public relations to present to those voters who contribute to the Sierra Club.