Friday, December 16, 2011

Republicans Stop Ban of Incandescent Light Bulb

Costs $7, but lasts 3 times longer
Washington DC, Dec 16, 2011. Congressional Republicans struck a deal Thursday that overturns the new rules that were to have banned sales of traditional incandescent light bulbs beginning next year.

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
Among the other policy riders attached to the bill is a requirement that all new federal employees be run through E-Verify, the voluntary government system for checking to see if employees are authorized to work in the U.S.; restrictions on the administration transferring suspected terrorist detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the U.S.; and a ban on the District of Columbia using government money to pay for abortions.

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.

1 comment:

  1. DO STOP THE BAN OF INCANDESCENTS unless you want to look like Australia. Mate, don't bother visiting this country anymore. I don't. Every hotel and motel is not called 'Comfort Inn' any more. It's called 'Mortuary Inn'! Seriously. Imagine (and this is true). You walk in, turn on the switch and these ugly twirlys put out a hideous glow of Friday the 13th hideous white-out-ghostly-gasp of creepy white stuff (not light). After about 10 mins, I am sickened by it. In place of old INCANDESCENT lights you have these vertically mounted unshielded tubes of fluorescent on the wall! and more along the drapes - touching the drapes with no covers. It is mortuary hell here in Australia. Same everywhere. No common sense. I am for saving energy. Solar power. Wind power. Light dimmers. You name it. And can't stand people cutting down trees! What you complain about C02 and then cut down all your trees in your yard?? The same goes for the white-LEDs Same issue. Same EERIE (and blue-white) light. Hideous. And cars that have those new blue-white LED light - want to throw rocks at them. And homes that have CFL porch lights on at night we call them "Neighbor haters". America - For the love of God and Country - Fight for you INCANDESCENTS. Or you will have no visitors to your country. You have no idea how dreadful Australia has become. Please heed this kind warning. Cheers, Ron Lentjes. For the proper, safe, INCANDESCENT lighting of the world.