Dueling Manufactured Housing Association Statements on DOE Energy Rule Hearing with Keen Warren Buffett-Bill Gates-Marcel Schwantes Insights Gen Z, Millennials-Facts w/Analysis; plus MHMarkets


According to the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) email of 4.24.2024: “MHI & TMHA’s Challenge to DOE’s Energy Standards Likely to Move Forward.” On the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) website is the following headline: “Department of Energy (DOE) Manufactured Housing Energy Rule Litigation – Report and Update.” Those will be Part I and Part II of this report. But as part of the preface, and to tee up the added facts, keen Warren Buffett-William “Bill” Gates III insights, and analysis related to these topics, let’s tee the balance of the headline up with this: “What are the ages of the generations in 2024?”

That question is asked and answered as follows according to Beresford Research with the following statements and age ranges by generations. 

QuoteMarksLeftSideIf you do some research, you’ll find that dates overlap and names vary. While we hear generational terms all the time, the definitions are not official. However, based on widespread consensus as well as new Gen Z analysis by the Pew Research Center, and the one generation defined by the U.S. Census Bureau (Baby Boomers), these are the birth years and ages of the generations you’ll want to use in 2024.

Note: Generation names are based on when members of that generation become adults (18-21).

Age Range by Generation – Beresford Research


Generations Born Current Ages
Gen Z 1997 – 2012 12 – 27
Millennials 1981 – 1996 28 – 43
Gen X 1965 – 1980 44 – 59
Boomers II (a/k/a Generation Jones)* 1955 – 1964 60 – 69
Boomers I* 1946 – 1954 70 – 78
Post War 1928 – 1945 79 – 96
WWII 1922 – 1927 97 – 102

*We increasingly break up Boomers into two different cohorts because the span is so large, and the oldest of the generation have different sensibilities than the younger. In the U.S., Generation Jones (Boomers II) are just young enough to have missed being drafted into war.

Beresford Research doesn’t define the generations, but we do provide easy access to generation names based on a person’s age. We built this table to assist with our custom market research insights, and we update it annually.

Our information is often cited, including USA TodayYahoo!, and many smaller publications and private reports that share generational names and ages. …”

The significance of that will be revealed in Part III of this report with analysis.


Part I – The following is according to the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) email dated 10.24.2024.  Note to newcomers, quoting a source should not be construed as agreement with that source on this or other topics that source may weigh in on. Published statements are those as given by the quoted person or organization.


Legal Update

MHI & TMHA’s Challenge to DOE’s Energy Standards Likely to Move Forward

Today, the Federal District Court for the Western District of Texas heard oral arguments on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) motion to dismiss the complaint filed by MHI and the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (THMA) challenging the DOE’s May 2022 energy efficiency standards.

After both sides presented their argument, the District Court indicated that it would likely deny in substantial part the DOE’s motion to dismiss, thereby allowing MHI and THMA’s challenge to the energy standards to move forward. The District Court also stated that it would likely grant the DOE’s motion to the extent MHI and THMA are currently challenging the Enforcement Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. However, the Court stated that MHI and THMA could amend their Complaint to address enforcement rulemaking once it becomes final. The District Court stated that a formal order on the DOE’s motion would be forthcoming shortly. This likely ruling is a positive step forward in MHI and THMA’s challenge to the DOE’s energy standards. The next step will involve the DOE’s compiling of the administrative record as we advance toward a decision on the merits of the challenge. ##


Part II – According to the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR). MHProNews notes the striking difference in the level of detail between MHI’s and MHARR’s remarks.

Department of Energy (DOE) Manufactured Housing Energy Rule Litigation – Report and Update.”

APRIL 25, 2024


FROM:         MHARR


MHARR was present in Austin, Texas on April 24, 2024 for a U.S. District Court hearing regarding the pending industry legal challenge to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) May 2022 manufactured housing energy standards rule.

The hearing, before Senior U.S. District Judge David A. Ezra, focused on a motion by DOE and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to dismiss the lawsuit, which presents challenges to the DOE standards on both procedural and substantive grounds, including DOE’s failure to fully and properly evaluate the standards’ impact on both the manufactured housing industry and the cost and availability of manufactured homes to consumers.

In seeking such a dismissal, DOE and DOJ maintained that the case, urged by MHARR and filed in February 2023, was not yet “ripe” for judicial review, insofar as a final rule regarding enforcement of the DOE standards has not yet been issued – even though the May 2022 manufactured housing energy standards themselves, according to DOE/DOJ’s own court filings, were admitted to be “final.”

The judge, following approximately 90 minutes of oral argument, did not issue a formal ruling, but did indicate from the bench that he would likely deny the government Motion to Dismiss as it pertains to the energy standards themselves – i.e.the main bulk of the case — as those standards are in fact, final, and properly poised for judicial review. Consequently, and assuming that the court’s final/formal decision is consistent with the judge’s statements in open court, the challenge to the DOE standards will move forward without interruption.

As to the enforcement rule, the judge indicated that he may grant the Motion to Dismiss, but that such a dismissal would be “without prejudice,” meaning that that particular portion of the challenge could be re-filed after DOE issues a final enforcement rule – an action that is currently pending following a notice and comment period which concluded in February 2024. While the government could not provide the court with a likely timeframe for the publication of a final enforcement rule, it is likely – as noted by the judge — that given the extremely heavy docket of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, the final enforcement rule will be published by DOE before the case is resolved, thus facilitating the reincorporation of that element back into the case via an amended complaint.

Overall, therefore, the court’s expected decision is mostly positive for the industry and consumers, and will allow the crucial challenge to the horrific and destructive DOE manufactured housing energy standards to move forward.

Further, when invited by the judge, MHARR President Mark Weiss stated that he was present in court on behalf of MHARR and its smaller and medium-sized manufacturer members to stress the importance of this case and the harmful impact that the DOE standards would have on those smaller businesses.

MHARR will continue to closely monitor developments regarding this litigation and will take further steps as warranted and necessary.

Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR)
1331 Pennsylvania Ave N.W., Suite 512
Washington D.C. 20004
Phone: 202/783-4087
Fax: 202/783-4075
Website: www.manufacturedhousingassociation.org


Part III – Additional Information with More MHProNews Analysis and Commentary in Brief

1) There is a case to be made that the younger adult cohorts – Gen Z and Millennials – are increasingly frustrated, unhappy, as well as curious.  Who says? Research that includes what’s linked below from Manzanita Miller, the eye-opening remarks by agent and TikTocker Freddie Smith (#2 below), and a frequently cited report by Bethany Blankley with The Center Square, formerly Watchdog.org (#3 linked below). See those pretty detailed reports linked below.








2) Note that the above is not to say that other groups – generational, racial, gender, or otherwise – are not also frustrated. They are too. In fact, if someone IS NOT part of the 1 percent, recent research reveals that they are routinely upset by events in the past 3 to 4 years. There is a reported “Grand Canyon” sized gap between the 1 percent and the 99 percent, as was unpacked in the report linked here.  As it also happens, that 1 percent is one of the few groups that say they are okay or perhaps even better off now than they were 3 or 4 short years ago. That noted, it is routinely younger adults in America that are willing to take-to-the-streets or a college campus and protest. That has been exemplified by the recent protests in and beyond college or universities over the conflicts in Gaza, Israel, and Palestine between Hamas, Jews, and Palestinians (see 2nd report linked below).






3) With those points in mind, consider the following related to the headline item on Warren Buffett and his ally William “Bill” Gates III.


Whether you like or dislike Warren Buffett,
or even if you think he is mean.
Buffett’s insights on habits
are often cited and keen. 

Here is what Buffett said, per left-leaning Yahoo News. The bold is added by MHProNews.

QuoteMarksLeftSideIn a 1998 speech to students at the University of Florida, Buffett said, “Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.” He said it in the context of falling into destructive behavior patterns, like alcohol abuse, noting that by the time people are of a certain age, it’s too late to change them.

When you’re young, though, you have more control: “But at your age, you can have any habits, any patterns of behavior that you wish. It is simply a question of which you decide.”

Yahoo noted that setting the right priorities means that your future self will thank you. “It’s a good rule of thumb that prioritizes paying yourself first — your future self will thank you.”

Note that while “alcohol abuse” was noted as a destructive pattern of behavior, that was not an exclusive example. Buffett, raised in a Christian family but a self-avowed atheist, says you can pick whatever patterns of behavior you wish. To the extent that people have free will and freedom of choice, even as a Buffett critic, that remark is apparently true.  We have and make daily choices.

Which leads someone to the insights of Marcel Schwantes.



4) In a recent post on LinkedIn, Schwantes said this.

QuoteMarksLeftSideIf you keep up with my Inc. column, you know that I’ve covered the topic of toxic workplaces and bad bosses’ impact on organizations for years. A lot of what I’ve found and documented centers around traits that disengage employees and eventually send them packing. For example:

  • Bosses who look after only themselves;
  • Bosses who manage through fear and coercion;
  • Bosses who have narcissistic tendencies and who are never wrong.

No doubt you’ve experienced this type of boss in your career, as I have. An article by the Harvard Business Review, however, gives an interesting new spin on what may arguably be the worst and most incompetent kind of boss. No, the worst bosses are not micromanaging bullies who yell across the hall and raise your blood pressure.

The worst kind of boss

It turns out, the type of boss who gives you a pat on the back and a superficial praise while the work environment is falling apart–that boss may be the worst.

What makes this type of boss especially irritating is that employees on the ground giving their best aren’t getting the support and feedback they need to perform at a high level; they get platitudes and empty praises instead from their pretend-leaders who are MIA when it really counts.

Scott Gregory, the retired CEO of Hogan Assessment Systems, wrote the HBR piece and calls this destructive management style “absentee leadership.” While the term rarely comes up in the business literature, he says, “research shows that it is the most common form of incompetent leadership.”

Absentee leaders are disconnected from their teams and avoid meaningful involvement with them. Gregory references a 2015 survey of 1,000 working adults that showed that “eight of the top nine complaints about leaders concerned behaviors that were absent; employees were most concerned about what their bosses didn’t do.”  …##


5) Note carefully what Schwantes has said. The term “superficial praise” is a type of manipulative behavior. So too are the “micromanaging bullies who yell across the hall.” Just because someone is ‘nice’ or ‘mean’ superficially, at the end of the day it is what they do or don’t do and for what reasons and with what outcomes that matters. Or, as variations of the remark previously published by MHProNews has observed: ‘pay more attention to what people do than what they say’ and ‘follow the money.’

Sometimes, seemingly altruistic behavior is little more than a veneer.

Schwantes said: “Genuinely care about your people.” That implies, correctly so, that some do not sincerely care about their people, no matter what words they may mouth.

QuoteMarksLeftSideGreat leaders support their people by showing an interest in their people’s jobs and career aspirations. They look into the future to create learning and development opportunities. They find out what motivates their best people by getting to know each team member’s desires that will intrinsically inspire them. This is about emotional engagement.

When leaders show that they care about their employees as human beings and support their employees’ future career choices, it helps employees feel more confident in their position and career path, whether it means moving up or moving on.”

Again, without ‘endorsing’ Schwantes, here he is in a video podcast explaining some of his findings on the importance of love in the workplace.  While it is unclear what type of residence he is standing in, it is interesting to note that the background could well be a higher end manufactured home with finished drywall and a vaulted ceiling.



6) Left-leaning Bing’s AI powered Copilot said:

BingCopilotAI-Screen1.3.2024MHLivingNewsMarcel Schwantes once said: “You’ll only be able to reach your full potential by breaking the habits that no longer serve you. Habits will either move us forward or hold us back.”


But here is the fuller Q&A in context

Finish this quote by Marcel Schwantes “You’ll only be able to reach your full potential by breaking the habits that no longer serve you. Habits will either move us forward or hold us

BingCopilotAI-Screen1.3.2024MHLivingNewsCertainly! Marcel Schwantes once said, “You’ll only be able to reach your full potential by breaking the habits that no longer serve you. Habits will either move us forward or hold us back” 1. This powerful insight emphasizes the importance of self-awareness and the willingness to shed unproductive habits in order to grow and thrive. 🌟

Why hasn’t any of the industry’s bloggers or trade media that are aligned with MHI exposing these realities? Because they obviously are in alignment with the consolidators. This is costing smaller industry businesses a fortune. This destructive and manipulative pattern is costing the industry’s employees thousands of dollars a year. And the MHI energy rule is part of that pattern.


https://www.manufacturedhomepronews.com/i-blame-mhi-sales-could-be-much-better-mhi-insider-finger-points-essential-for-hud-to-use-mhia-authority-affordable-housing-crisis-should-yield-manufactured-housing-in-reports-plus-mhmarke/ and https://www.manufacturedhomepronews.com/gross-incestuous-symbiosis-bloodbath-claims-denial-by-manufactured-housing-institute-mhi-firms-frank-rolfe-andrew-keel-passive-investing-subculture-interview-rent-control-hit-mhi/










15) There is a reason why Merriam Webster said that Gaslighting was the word of the year in 2022. That doesn’t mean that gaslighting has stopped. It hasn’t.






16) It is Copilot, not just MHProNews, that has pointed out how important the work of MHARR has been. Copilot noted that MHARR has been apparently scandal-free. Not so MHI. Scandals and MHI seem to go hand in glove.




GlobalDisinformationIndexWarrenBuffettAllyBill GatesMicrosoftOrgChargedCuttingRevenueToConservativeViewsViaXandrGDIplusSundayMHVilleHeadlinesRecapMHProNewsLogoPicCartoon
This statement is revealing. A parasite feeds on its host. Bill Gates admits he thought ill of Warren Buffett. But they got together on numerous business, nonprofit, and political levels. Clearly, whatever held Gates back he overcame. What he didn’t claim in this quote is that Buffett changed. There is an inference that Gates learned from Buffett and embraced that parasitic business model.
Quote from the full length and award-winning Shadows of Libertydocumentary drama. Shadows exposed several aspects of the political, media, corporate, and regulatory nexus by interviewing insiders involved in it. It explores examples from left and right with the impact of money and information manipulation. Glover has served on a Warren Buffett funded board. https://www.manufacturedhomepronews.com/danny-glover-and-revealing-manufactured-housing-realities-power-of-correct-questions-and-observations-regardless-of-good-bad-laughable-or-no-reply-plus-sunday-manufactured-home-weekly-r/ See the Illusory Effect updates linked here: https://www.manufacturedhomepronews.com/when-the-lies-are-so-big-no-one-would-dare-disbelieve-them-mainstream-legacy-or-alternative-media-u-s-public-policies-illusory-truth-and-manufactured-housing-plus-mhville-mark/


17) It is time for the great awakening in manufactured housing and beyond.

There is another fact-packed special report on another higher-profile MHI member firm planned for the days ahead. Stay tuned. Until then, dig deeply into the linked reports to learn how millions, not just in manufactured housing, have been manipulated to work and vote against their own interests.  The markets report for 4.25.2024 is ahead. ##

‘Stunning and Unworkable’-DOE’s Extreme Energy Enforcement Regulations Would Destroy Affordable Manufactured Homes per Manufactured Home Assoc-Added Info with Exclusive Insights and Analysis; plus MHVille Markets



PS: In an email to MHProNews from a D.C. insider was this note: “I have no doubt that the MH energy enforcement rule is one of the regs they’ll push out before the election…” which message quoted and linked an article with this title: “Biden in Race to Push Through Regulations in Case of Trump Win” By Michael Katz on 4.25.2024. Which is a reminder why this recent report matters.




Part IV – Our Daily Business News on MHProNews stock market recap which features our business-daily at-a-glance update of over 2 dozen manufactured housing industry stocks.

This segment of the Daily Business News on MHProNews is the recap of yesterday evening’s market report, so that investors can see at glance the type of topics may have influenced other investors. Thus, our format includes our signature left (CNN Business) and right (Newsmax) ‘market moving’ headlines.

The macro market moves graphics below provide context and comparisons for those invested in or tracking manufactured housing connected equities. Meaning, you can see ‘at a glance’ how manufactured housing connected firms do compared to other segments of the broader equities market.

In minutes a day readers can get a good sense of significant or major events while keeping up with the trends that may be impacting manufactured housing connected investing.

Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business – 4.25.2024

  • FTC is sued by business groups over its ban on noncompete agreements, which may delay enforcement
  • The latest GDP report showed that US economic growth slowed to 1.6% in the first quarter of the year, a much weaker pace than expected.
  • Markets fall as investors worry about low economic growth and stubborn inflation rates
  • Ford just reported a massive loss on every electric vehicle it sold
  • Columbia president Minouche Shafik faces criticism in all directions
  • Boston, MA – January 10: Janet Yellen gives remarks during a presentation. On a tour of Roxbury Community College’s Center for Smart Building Technology, US Treasury Secretary Yellen spoke of how the Inflation Reduction Act is lowering energy costs.
  • Yellen: US economy strong, not overheated
  • This photograph taken on April 11, 2024, in Paris, shows the logo of the Chinese social network application TikTok Lite displayed in Apple’s App Store. The social network TikTok, owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, has launched a new application in France and Spain, called TikTok Lite, which allows its users to get paid by watching videos, it announced on April 10, 2024. Users aged 18 or older can “collect points by discovering new content or completing certain actions,” the social network said.
  • TikTok suspends TikTok Lite rewards program in the EU amid regulatory scrutiny
  • The clean energy race could trigger the biggest mining deal in decades
  • A demonstrator opposed to the roll back of net neutrality rules holds a sign outside the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) headquarters ahead of a open commission meeting in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. The FCC is slated to vote to roll back a 2015 utility-style classification of broadband and a raft of related net neutrality rules, including bans on broadband providers blocking and slowing lawful internet traffic on its way to consumers.
  • Net neutrality is back as FCC votes to regulate internet providers
  • Signage during an open house at a home in Seattle, Washington, US, on Tuesday, March 26, 2024. The National Association of Realtors agreed to settle litigation over commission rules for US real estate agents, clearing the way for possible changes in how Americans buy and sell homes.
  • US pending home sales jumped in March, beating expectations by a mile
  • Southwest to stop service to 4 airports in wake of rising losses and more Boeing delivery problems
  • Notorious far-right blog The Gateway Pundit declares bankruptcy over 2020 election-related lawsuits
  • The flight attendant who became CEO hopes more women will make it to the top
  • Meta’s stock plunges 15% on ‘aggressive’ AI spending plans
  • US economy grew by just 1.6% in the first quarter, a much slower pace than expected
  • Buick, GM’s low-key semi-luxury brand, is suddenly hot
  • Americans are falling behind on their payments
  • Who could buy TikTok?
  • EU raids offices of Chinese security equipment maker in subsidy probe
  • California wants to crack down on Clear at the airport
  • A brutal elimination round is reshaping the world’s biggest market for electric cars
  • How TikTok’s Chinese parent company will rely on an American right to keep the app alive
  • Calls grow for Columbia University president to step down as protests spread nationwide
  • Truth Social owner Trump Media asks Congress to investigate ‘troubling’ market manipulation claims


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Notice: MHProNews invites the firms named in these reports to respond to any concerns about possibly inaccurate information via email that identifies the concern and offers evidence that sheds a different light on the topic discussed. That said, neither MHI nor MHI publicly traded ‘insider brands’ have done so. They’ve been repeatedly invited to do so, including but not limited to an outreach on Dec 7, 2o23 and Feb 25, 2024.


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