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House Saves the Traditional Light Bulb


The light bulb is dead. Long live the light bulb.
Thanks to last year’s mid-term elections that elected a GOP majority to the House of Representatives, the traditional light bulb is saved from a scheduled ban that would begin on January 1.
The Daily Mail reports that Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) had introduced a bill to roll back the incandescent ban. She told ABC News, ‘The American people want less government intrusion into their lives, not more, and that includes staying out of their personal light bulb choices.”

The spending bill passed by the House yesterday over-turns the new supposedly energy-efficiency rules set in 2007 for light bulbs by eliminating the funds the Department of Energy would need to enforce them.
However, ABC reports this doesn’t mean we’ll actually be able to exercise our freedom of light-bulb choice because incandescent bulbs are disappearing off store shelves.

Larry Lauck, a spokesman for the American Lighting Association, said “The industry has moved on” because U.S. light bulb manufacturers have already refitted their production lines to accommodate the new rules — rules that the House just demolished. Joseph Higbee, a spokesman for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, said that businesses had spent millions into making the transition and a delay in enforcing the new rules undermines the investments made by these manufacturers.
Blah, blah, blah.
Regardless of “the industry” having “moved on” from manufacturing incandescent bulbs, if there’s demand, they will produce them. That’s the free market law of supply and demand!
~Eowyn
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