Hypothetical New "Mandate"
Congress passes a new Law mandating that every property owner (Home, business, industry) purchase and install on their property enough solar panels so that at least 25% of their energy consumption is filled via solar power.
Panels can be bought from any private panel maker who has been certififed by the Government.
Property owners have 2 years to come into compliance. Participation is mandatroy, no exceptions, except for the States of Florida, New York and Montana (who are excluded from the requirement), and any Historicly Disadvantged Business Owners (who will get Federal grants to meet the requirement).
Failure to meet the new requiremnet would result in a fine of $50,000. Failure to pay the fine and to come into compliance would then result in a criminal conviction and jail time, in addition to added fines.
Is such a mandate legal under the commerce clause?
Would you support such a mandate, if the Government promoted it as the best way to reduce foreign oil consupmtion, reduce greenhouse emissions, stimulate the economy and support domestic manufacture of solar technology (no requirment in the bill that the panels be U.S. made of U.S. Company provided).