|Costs $7, but lasts 3 times longer|
That agreement is tucked inside the massive 1,200-page spending bill that funds the government through the rest of this fiscal year, and which both houses of Congress will vote on Friday. Mr. Obama is expected to sign the bill, which heads off a looming government shutdown.
Congressional Republicans dropped almost all of the policy restrictions they tried to attach to the bill, but won inclusion of the light bulb provision, which prevents the Obama administration from carrying through a 2007 law that would have banned the traditional light bulb.
This was a rare act of common sense by our Congress, as the existing law would have required you to replace your 25 cent incandescent bulbs with $7.00 "low energy" compact fluorescent bulbs. The fluorescent bulb would last three times longer, but cost twenty-eight times more, and was said to be better for the environment, despite using dangerous materials that are hard to recycle.
The spending bill doesn’t actually amend the 2007 law, but does prohibit the administration from spending any money to carry out the light bulb standards — which amounts to at least a temporary reprieve.
The spending bill is full of similar provisions that are included year after year to restrict what administrations can do.
|25 cents. Works perfectly|
As would be expected, all tree huggers and environmental extremists are upset about this policy change.
Also the makers of these expensive compact flourescent bulbs, GE and Sylvania, are furious since they donated heavily to the Obama reelection campaign in expectation of the Democrats making the more profitable bulbs mandatory.