I think I understand why they bumped the minimum SEER up to 13 instead of 12.
People in this country are living way too darned long. They get old, gray, wrinkled and ugly and they complain about every little ache and pain they get. Then they live so long that they wind up poor, cause they spent all their money. Then they start to pee on themselves and become a burden on the system.
If the minimum SEER was raised to 20 and their a/c went out in the middle of the summer, we could be rid of them and this country could begin to prosper again.
Then, the one's that are right behind them a few years would see what happened and shoot themselves in the head and we'd be rid of them too!