This is a must read at Pajamas media. This article explains how government intervention hurts our own economy and kills people.
What business is it of the government to define what mileage a car gets or how much energy a lightbulb uses? This intervention does not protect people. It changes the direction of NEW research to research of improving old technology to meet new standards.
If you ever invent something new, do not release it. The government will tell you how what YOU designed should operate.
Update : Aug 3
Another article on this issue.