Republican Who Co-Authored Light Bulb Law Wants Energy Chair

Here’s a test for the GOP: do they let this guy have the chairmanship? He has some really good points and some really bad points, yet, we have this little bit of Big Government climate alarmism

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) may have some explaining to do to fellow GOP colleagues as he seeks the chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, given the incoming wave of new conservatives who may not appreciate some aspects of Upton’s voting record.

Upton joined with Rep. Jane Harman (D.-Calif.) in  2007 to co-author the legislation that effectively banned indoor incandescent light bulbs in the United States. In the last Congress, he an Harman teamed up again to offer new legislation that would extend the ban on incandescent bulbs to outdoor lighting also.

“In 2007, Harman and Upton introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation–which became law as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act–that bans the famously inefficient 100-watt incandescent light bulb by 2012, phases out remaining inefficient light bulbs by 2014, and requires that light bulbs be at least three times as efficient as today’s 100-watt incandescent bulb by 2020,” explained a 2009 press release put out by the two House members.

What you have is that all incandescent bulbs between 40 and 100 watts will go bye bye. The jobs are already gone. And CFLs are pretty much being made mostly in China. On the bright side (sic) “reflector flood, 3-way, candelabra, colored, and other specialty bulbs” are exempt. Plant lights are exempt, which is good for Upton, since he has the fortitude of a petunia.

“Current incandescent bulbs on store shelves are obsolete and highly inefficient–only 10 percent of the energy consumed by each bulb is for light, and 90 percent is wasted on heat,” Upton and Harman told the Post. “Today’s incandescents employ the same technology as the bulbs Thomas Edison created more than 120 years ago. By upgrading to 21st-century technology, we will help preserve energy resources and reduce emissions, all the while saving American families billions of dollars in their electric bills.”

The heat is one of the reasons I used to use CFLs: I lived on the top floor with a thin roof, little insulation, and, North Carolina summers. Anything to reduce heat is most excellent. Yet, CFLs have become, well, crap over the past 7 years, and I have switched back to incandescent bulbs. There is no energy savings in CFLs as they last about the same length as incandescent bulbs. Obviously, though, this legislation and light bulb restrictions are simply about anthropogenic global warming hysteria. Yet

Upton, due to his seniority, is the frontrunner for the post and has recently sought to bolster his conservative credentials by vowing to investigate President Obama’s energy czar Carol Browner, EPA chief Lisa Jackson, and Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

“We’ll paint the curb yellow for them,” Upton told Politico on Oct. 29.

Here’s a little exercise for you, folks: if you live in or near D.C., or plan on visiting soon, make sure to plan time to stop by Upton’s office in the Rayburn building. If you are near St. Joseph or Kalamazoo, Mi, stop by. If not, drop him an email, asking if he himself has replaced all his 40 to 100 watt light-bulbs with CFLs. His website is here.

On the bright side (yes, again), he is against Net Neutrality. On the dark side, he seems more concerned that it is unelected Obama appointees and czars making AGW rules, rather than Congress.

Crossed at Right Wing News and Stop The ACLU. sit back and Relax. we’ll dRive!

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6 Responses to “Republican Who Co-Authored Light Bulb Law Wants Energy Chair”

  1. Kevin says:

    What a disappointing article. From the headline, I thought you were going to tell us about some awesome new chair made from energy, or one that creates endless amounts of energy.

    (I prefer magic over politics)

  2. Sorry, Kevin. I’m having a hard time getting the unicorns to eat more beans to power my research 🙂

  3. John Ryan says:

    Here in NYC our utility has in the past in is now giving away FREE CFLs, they are much cheaper than building new power plants HEY TEACH guess what Duke Energy also offers free CFL bulbs. And they are rated at 10 times the life expectancy as incandescence. Free delivery too.
    http://dianemcdermott.wordpress.com/2010/09/02/attention-duke-energy-customers-free-cfl-light-bulbs/
    Each one should last about They should last about 5 year under normal typical usage.

  4. John Ryan says:

    The jobs are all gone ? Ge Teach you would think that they would be running that factory at full blast, well, if people did in fact still WANT that type of bulb.Especially since it was the LAST factory in the USA still making them. But it turns out that the demand for those bulbs just isn’t there, Free Market economics I guess

  5. captainfish says:

    No wonder your unicorns are having problems, with their food being turned into gasoline.

    Isn’t that like eating a Vegan or something?!?

    And, hell NO I don’t want Upton to be on that committee. Dude has no vision and the only thing he can see is to work with Dems on killing American energy supplies and limiting free choice.

    I have tweeted all over the place, and tweeted our GOP leaders, and have emailed them as well.

    That man, as well as much of our original GOP leadership needs to get out of the way, get on board, or get replaced.

  6. Unfortunately, I am not a Duke Energy customer. Raleigh has Progress Energy. Even so, why should government mandate what bulbs I can and can’t use? What business is it of their’s?

    Unicorns are very picky eaters, too. I tried to get them to switch to geese, but they usually just get them riled up and honking more than normal.

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