Writing in today's Wall Street Journal
, Sam Kazman
, tells of the demise of effective top-loader washing machines due to the push from enviros for tough energy efficiency standards. This story reminded me of another housekeeping dilemma that is driving me bonkers: ineffective dishwasher detergent
. This, too, is in response to a push from enviros. When it came to the detergent, they didn't like phosphorus and so demanded (and got) its elimination in the available formulas. As we bravely march ahead into a 21st century of "progress," eating off of dirty plates with dirty forks while wearing dirty clothes, might it not have been of some comfort to do these things in the soft glow provided by an incandescent light bulb? But, of course, it is not enough for these folks that we suffer these miseries in blissful ignorance. They must be illuminated . . . in stark fluorescent hues. And that
may be where the enviros crossed their Rubicon.