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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Government controlling your car isn't cool

All the really cool ideas start in California and work their way east.

All the really bad ideas start in California and work their way east.

The Golden State wants to get rid of those nasty greenhouse gases and will do anything to do so. Hmmmm. How about we regulate the kind of paint put on cars? The plan earlier this year was hatched to mandate a specific type of paint to reflect the sun’s rays and cool off cars. The requirement for all California cars to be “cool” would be in place by 2016. Not only would the paint be mandated but so would smaller, less effective air conditioners.

The rule never took effect. So it was back to the blackboard of bad business.

The emphasis is no longer on the paint. It’s on the glass. The latest brainchild would require solar-reflective glass, the kind that now is exclusively reserved for automobiles of the rich and famous.

Patrick Bedard who writes for Car and Driver Magazine calls it, “rich-guy technology to save on air conditioning.”

If it happens in California, it’ll find its way across the land, meaning much more expensive cars. And then what?

As Bedard writes, “What’s next in the micromanagement of our lives—a white-tuxedo law?”

Read Bedard's column from the July issue of Car and Driver

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