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Posted Tue Sep 28 2010: from WBAL-TV Baltimore:
What Is Energy Star? What Gets Certified?
Greg Kutz, a managing director of forensic audits and special investigations for the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress... and his team put the Energy Star certification program to the test by setting up four bogus companies. They gave the bogus companies creative names, such as Tropical Thunder, Spartan Digital Electronics, Cool Rapport and Futurizon Solar Innovations. Over a period of several months, the made-up companies submitted bogus products in an effort to get the coveted Energy Star certification. "We started with basic things like computer monitors, refrigerators, dishwashers," Kutz said. "Once we saw how easily those where being certified, we went to more egregious things like the gas-powered alarm clock."
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