LGB Invokes Wartime Powers To Fund Heat Pumps

Will any member of the media ask him if he has a heat pump at either of his Delaware homes? Or at the White House? Heck, even the right leaning media fails to ask Biden these types of questions

Biden invokes wartime powers to fund electric heaters as he cracks down on gas appliances

President Biden invoked a Cold War-era law in a surprising move Friday to pour taxpayer funds into domestic manufacturing of electric heat pumps, an alternative to gas-powered residential furnaces.

In a joint announcement with the White House, the Department of Energy (DOE) said the federal government would award a “historic” $169 million for nine projects across 15 sites nationwide in an effort to accelerate electric heat pump manufacturing. The significant level of funding was made possible after Biden utilized the 1950 Defense Production Act (DPA) to increase domestic production of green energy technologies.

“Getting more American-made electric heat pumps on the market will help families and businesses save money with efficient heating and cooling technology,” said Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. “These investments will create thousands of high-quality, good-paying manufacturing jobs and strengthen America’s energy supply chain, while creating healthier indoor spaces through home-grown clean energy technologies.”

Does Jen have one at her homes?

“Today’s Defense Production Act funds for heat pump manufacturing show that President Biden is treating climate change as the crisis it is,” added John Podesta, the White House clean energy czar. “These awards will grow domestic manufacturing, create good-paying jobs, and boost American competitiveness in industries of the future.”

And John? Does he have one?

And Ali Zaidi, who serves as Biden’s national climate advisor, said the president was “using his wartime emergency powers under the Defense Production Act to turbocharge U.S. manufacturing of clean technologies and strengthen our energy security.”

Without government mandates and money most would not get them. They really aren’t that good. You really need two of them, one for heat and one for AC, if you are in a place where they run a lot. Seriously, these Warmists really reached back to a 1950 law.

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14 Responses to “LGB Invokes Wartime Powers To Fund Heat Pumps”

  1. Dana says:

    It’s pretty simple: if the consumer demand for heat pump based systems was greater, there’d be no need for government to pour money into them.

    Me? I’m happy enough with our heat pump heating and cooling system: it’s only two years old, and it keeps the house warm on all but the coldest days, and cool on all but the hottest. My computer room is a pleasant 70.7º F right now, and the outside temperature, at 7:16 AM EST on November 18th, is 49.2º F, so there’s really no strain on the system, and it isn’t having to run constantly.

    But I’m in east-central Kentucky, where the average daytime high at this time of year is 55º F, and Kentucky doesn’t normally have bitterly cold winters. Heat pumps are adequate here! That does not mean that they are adequate in regions of the country with more bitterly cold winters.

  2. drowningpuppies says:

    It’s stuff like this that makes people wonder if Brandon is all there.

  3. alanstorm says:

    That does not mean that they are adequate in regions of the country with more bitterly cold winters.

    They are not. Many advertise that they can provide heat down to low temps such as -20 F, and it’s technically true – but what they downplay is that you don’t get the full rated capacity that low.

    So your options are to oversize the cooling side – which is typically forbidden by building codes – or use supplemental heat, either electric (which can be a larger load than everything else in your house combined) or Nat gas or propane.

    • Dana says:

      Geothermal heat pumps are really good, because, they are taking from, or liberating to, the ground at a depth at which the ground is always in the 50º range. But geothermal heat pumps require the land for the system to be buried, and, humorously enough, The Philadephia Inquirer just reported that the city has the smallest average residential lot size in the nation’s 50 largest cities. That means, as the left keep trying to ban gas furnaces, there’s little room to install the most efficient kind of heat pumps!

      A lot of Philly’s older homes with gas furnaces don’t distribute heat via forced air systems, but hot water or steam radiators, which means that retrofitting these older homes with forced air would also require the ducting for such systems. That could easily cost more than the heat pump system itself.

      • unklc says:

        Don’t neglect that geothermal is one of the most expensive types of heat pump. Thermally efficient yes, financially efficient maybe, probably not. Considering installation, equipment, maintenance, and operation over an expected 15~25 year life cycle after which the entire system comes out and is replaced. In the meantime, if a buried coil goes south, bring money.
        Yes, replacing hot water or steam with forced air is expensive. Cost around $15K 20+ years ago on a 2500 s.f. 2 story, in a right to work state.

  4. captainfish says:

    hate the gov’t being marxist and choosing the winners and losers in the “open market”.
    This should have a suit filed against him as being unconstitutional.

  5. H says:

    The efficiency of hest pumps improves each year. The cost of fossil fuels goes up. The Europeans already have models developed that are solid state, no compressor.
    Heat pumps are THE cheapest way to heat and cool homes in Montreal.
    Dana’s 2 year old heat pump will be obsolete by the time American factories begin production on the solid state heat pumps that use capscitstors instead of mechanical compressors.
    What percent of the population of the USA would have approximately the same heating needs as Dana?
    Oil prices, set by Trump’s business partners the Saudis, drive natural gas prices. Unfortunately gas prices do not drive like prices. Electric prices have averaged a 2% increase per year over the last 30 years. Oil prices are set by whatever the Saudis choose.

    • Jl says:

      Carbon boy-why use inferior heat pumps when there’s fossil fuels to use?
      “Oil prices set by the Saudis..” Carbon boy, maybe you should smoke more instead of less, it might help more. The US is still the world’s largest oil producer, so oil prices are not set just by the Saudis, sorry

    • James Lewis says:


      “According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), electricity prices have increased 2.36% per year in the United States for the past 25 years, from a national average price of 8.43 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) in 1997 to 15.12 cents/kWh in 2022 (the most recent year for which annual data is available). If you go back to 1960, the average annual rate increase jumps to about 2.9%.”

      That means the price has doubled in about 23-24 years.

      At the same time consumption has increased as more homes had three or more TV’s, computers, cell phones.

      Heat pumps, in very cold weather, require a boost. That is electric heating strips in the air distribution system. That causes greatly increased demand on the network which shuts down when grossly overloaded. That causes huge problems. Just ask Texans about last winter.


  6. H says:

    Thousands of new jobs created with the help of the feds?
    That’s socialism!!
    China Joe is killing the US coal miners, now down to less than 35000.
    The electrification of the yuSA will continue

    • CarolAnn says:

      First they are not new jobs they are replacement jobs for the jobs that are being destroyed by genocide Joe and his close buddy Xi. Right now genocide Joe is shipping jobs over to China at an astounding rate.

      In case you haven’t noticed the USA has been electrified since the 1900s. Maybe that’s news to you but the rest of us have known that. Have you heard of Thomas Edison moron? What you’re stating is that the forced electrification of things that we don’t want and don’t need electrified will continue. Because there’s nothing you love more than having your foot on the face of other people forever. Does it make you feel good to know you’re forcing some working man and Kentucky to spend 20% more on electricity than it needs to? Or that you can force, force mind you not ask force people out of their homes because they can’t afford them any longer? Or stop them from buying new cars that are absolutely priced out of their bracket?

      You bullies always feel real tough when you can force other people to do what you want and not what they want you’re a big man aren’t you? A real big man.

  7. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    President Donald Trump invoked the Defense Production Act (DPA) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Cold War–era law gives the president significant emergency authority to control domestic industries. Trump used the law to crack down on hoarding, limit exports of medical goods, and increase production of critical supplies.

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