Socialized is “BAD” Medicine and the Demise of the Incandescent Light Bulb

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“CBO: Health care reform to increase federal cost – Washington Times

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On the Eco-friendly light bulbs flip switch on problems – Washington Times

Eco-friendly light bulbs flip switch on problems

RIP Light BulbThe phasing out the use of traditional, incandescent light bulbs in favor of CFLs beginning in 2012 culminating in a ban on incandescent bulbs in 2014, was included in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 the purpose is “to move the United States toward greater energy independence and security, to increase the production of clean renewable fuels, to protect consumers, to increase the efficiency of products, buildings, and vehicles, to promote research on and deploy greenhouse gas capture and storage options…”

Congresswoman Michele Bachman of Minnesotawas ahead of the curve when she introduced in 3/13/2008 (110th Congress) the aptly named a “Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act H.R. 5616[110th]which had 24 co-sponsers.

“Most Americans, if you ask them, have no idea that the government has already made a choice for them,” Bachmann said in a televised MSNBC interview. “The government has substituted its choice for the American consumer’s choice. Most Americans have no idea they won’t be able to choose their own light bulbs.”

Of course it was assigned to a Committeewhere lots of introduced bills go to die:Latest Major Action: 3/14/2008 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality.

Resurrect the “Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act H.R. 5616!


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1 Response to “Socialized is “BAD” Medicine and the Demise of the Incandescent Light Bulb”


  1. 1 peter dublin July 29, 2009 at 7:13 am

    About banning light bulbs…
    Good to see the Michelle Bachmann initiative.

    Americans choose to buy ordinary light bulbs around 9 times out of 10.
    Banning what Americans want gives the supposed savings – no point in banning an impopular product!

    If new LED lights -or improved CFLs- are good,
    people will buy them – no need to ban ordinary light bulbs (little point).
    If they are not good, people will not buy them – no need to ban ordinary light bulbs (no point).
    The arrival of the transistor didn’t mean that more energy using radio tubes had to be banned… they were bought less anyway.

    All lights have their advantages
    The ordinary simple light bulb has for many people a pleasing appearance, it responds quickly with bright broad spectrum light, is easy to use with dimmers and other equipment, can come in small sizes, and has safely been used for over 100 years.

    100 W+ equivalent brightness is a particular issue – difficult and expensive with both fluorescents and LEDS – yet such incandescent bulbs are first in line for banning 2012!

    Energy?
    Since when does America need to save on electricity?
    There is no energy shortage, there are plenty of local energy sources, Middle East oil is not used for electricity generation.
    Consumers – not politicians – pay for the energy used.
    Certainly it is good to let people know how they can save energy and money – but why force them to do it?

    Emissions?
    OK: Does a light bulb give out any gases?
    Power stations might not either:
    In Washington state practically all electricity is emission-free, while around half of it is in states like New York and California.
    Why should emission-free Seattle, New York and Los Angeles households be denied the use of lighting they obviously want to use?
    Low emission households will increase everywhere, since emissions will be reduced anyway through the planned use of coal/gas processing technology or energy substitution.

    Also, the savings amounts can be questioned for many reasons:
    For a referenced list of reasons against light bulb bans, see
    http://www.ceolas.net/#li1x onwards


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