Light Bulb Ban Legislation May Hit House Floor Next Week, Shows Why Gov’t Barely Works

Looks like the GOP is going to attempt to make it so that those evil incandescent light bulbs won’t be banned starting in 2012

House Republicans plan to bring to the floor next week legislation that would water down a provision in a 2007 energy law that requires light bulbs to be more energy efficient.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) has been working behind the scenes for weeks with other Republicans on the panel on compromise legislation to reel in the light bulb efficiency law. The lawmakers used a bill introduced by Rep. Joe Barton as a baseline, but the details of the final agreement were not immediately clear Wednesday night.

“Chairman Upton announced in June that he was working closely with members of his committee on a legislative solution,” committee spokeswoman Charlotte Baker told The Hill in a statement. “He plans to bring a bill to the House floor next week.”

This legislation would repeal the provisions that did away with the use of incandescent bulbs, allowing consumers to have freedom of choice in which bulb to purchase. Obviously, Liberals are against choice

A coalition of environmental and energy efficiency groups are mounting a campaign to defend the light bulb efficiency law.

The groups are running advertisements in Capitol Hill newspapers that say, “Phasing in energy efficient light bulbs means more choices and more savings and that’s good for families, the country and the environment.”

Huh what? Making it against the law to manufacture and sell incandescent light bulbs in the United States creates more choice? Apparently, the groups have been snorting something that is also banned.

But, this does show Why Government Doesn’t Work. This is easy and simple legislation. You do away with the provisions that banned incandescent bulbs. Simple. Yet, this is taking weeks of working behind the scenes? Perhaps Upton, who pushed the bulb ban law in the first place, was going around and groveling to his colleagues.

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5 Responses to “Light Bulb Ban Legislation May Hit House Floor Next Week, Shows Why Gov’t Barely Works”

  1. Black Flag says:

    Great article, PC! This IS an example of why the government is such a failure. Sadly, it’s also an example of why the Republicans we put into power last year are a failure too. They’ve done nothing – couldn’t even defund NPR from the taxpayer. And now here they’re struggling over a lightbulb. This does not bode well for 2012.

  2. gitarcarver says:

    The groups are running advertisements in Capitol Hill newspapers that say, “Phasing in energy efficient light bulbs means more choices and more savings and that’s good for families, the country and the environment.”

    I actually agree with this. “Phasing in energy efficient light bulbs” is a good thing and does off more choices and advantages for the country.

    “Phasing in” does not mean “banning other options.”

    Their own rhetoric makes the point how silly they are being.

  3. Otis P. Driftwood says:

    Leave the light bulbs alone. What needs to be replaced are the dim bulbs in Congress.

  4. captainfish says:

    Ok. I’m confused. We have a law that bans regular light bulbs starting with 100watt bulbs next year. This was introduced and approved of by Upton.

    We now have Upton trying to “water down” that same bill? Why not just overturn the bill? Why not just create a new bill that says, “No light bulb technology will be made illegal to produce, transport or import.”

    The fact that it has taken almost a year to bring this up, highlights how really unfocused this gov’t really is.

    OT: if this Congress allows tax increases and increased spending in order to increase the Debt Ceiling, say goodbye to the Republican Party. Talk about selling out.

  5. captainfish says:

    Tell me this dude doesn’t sound like Obama.

    Quote:
    “This is about more than just energy consumption, it is about personal freedom. Voters sent us a message in November that it is time for politicians and activists in Washington to stop interfering in their lives and manipulating the free market,” Barton said.

    “Traditional incandescent bulbs are cheap and reliable. Alternatives, including the most common replacement Compact Fluorescent Lights or CFL’s, are more expensive and health hazards – so why force them on the American people?” said Barton.”

    BUT… BUT HE WAS THE ONE WHO FORCED IT UPON US!!!
    This is like Wrangel being for paying taxes or Obama promoting going to church or Democrats pushing individual freedom.

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