Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Bringing good things to light

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Save the Earth from mercury pollution and ban the fluorescent light bulb!

Or at least give us our good light bulbs back.

In the early days of the 112th Congress, Reps. Joe Barton of Texas, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, and Michael Burgess of Texas, all Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee, will once again step in to attempt to save the incandescent light bulb. Today or tomorrow, the three representatives will reintroduce a bill to repeal legislation that would replace the incandescent light bulb with a more energy efficient alternative.

The Better Use of Light Bulbs Act, better known as the BULB Act, calls for the repeal of the section of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 that mandated ending the use of incandescent light bulbs in favor of a more energy efficient alternative. The act was first introduced in September of the 111th Congress, prompted by an article in the Washington Post reporting that the last GE incandescent light bulb factory in the United States would close that month.

China was the biggest beneficiary of the CFL mandate. They don’t need a stealth fighter. They can just stop selling us the light bulbs and we won’t see ’em coming.

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