The news won't pick this story up until it has some kind of "crisis" element to it...such as homeowners discovering they can't just swap out the condenser anymore without also changing out the air handler, which they discover is considerably larger and won't fit where the old air handler was.
Even then there would likely have to be some kind of scam angle to work so it will get people up in arms and subsequently increase the local paper or station's ratings. Such as a hack going around claiming to sell 13 SEER equipment but actually it's his backstock of 10 SEER he's trying to offload. Charging 13 SEER prices for 10 SEER stuff.
Seems nowadays it ain't newsworthy unless it's guaranteed to draw more folks to the news source.
But if you read or take the ACHR News, they're all over the 13 SEER story! So much so, it makes one want to say, "Back off!"
Building Physics Rule #1: Hot flows to cold.
Building Physics Rule #2: Higher air pressure moves toward lower air pressure
Building Physics Rule #3: Higher moisture concentration moves toward lower moisture concentration.