You know how hard it is for motorcycle engines, air cleaners and exhausts to be approved by the EPA (Environment Protection Agency). You heard about how many have been fined – manufacturers, shops, custom builders – for using/installing the wrong set of motorcycle parts. How hard do you think it is to get an Energy Star label on your eco-friendly washing machine? Not hard at all, says the Government Accountability Office. The federal agency recently conducted a stealth investigation that found it was pretty easy to get certified. The GAO created 4 fake companies and submitted 20 fake products to either the Department of Energy or the Environmental Protection Agency for approval. 15 of those bogus products got a green light.
Here an example of fake “green” appliance that the EPA approved. A ‘Gas-powered alarm clock’. A fake Spartan Digital Electronics submitted this featured clock as a sleek, durable device, roughly the size of a small portable generator. The gasoline power didn’t seem to raise a red flag. The EPA green-lighted the clock without questioning the product description further. This has got to be the absolute proof that this agency is full of incompetent people who don’t know what they are doing. Un-Be-Lie-Va-Ble. (via CNN/Fortune Magazine)