How big is your television? California wants into your living room.

In the name of trying to save energy, the Golden State is attempting to regulate the size of televisions for sale:

The California Energy Commission is considering a proposal that would ban California retailers from selling all but the most energy-efficient televisions. Critics say the news standards could take 25 percent of televisions off the market — most of them 40 inches or larger.

“The larger the television, the more at risk it is of being banned unnecessarily in California,” said Douglas Johnson, senior director of technology police for the Consumer Electronics Association.

Association officials say the standards are not only unnecessary –  because the federal government already regulates energy efficiency through the voluntary Energy Starprogram — but also ill-timed. The last thing our economy needs now is products taken off the market, they say.

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