Skip to comments.The Incandescent Rapture
Posted on 06/26/2011 4:35:57 PM PDT by radioone
Instapundit has spent some pixel inches recently covering the year-end ban on 100-watt incandescent light bulbs. Some of the things he links to, such as this Investors Business Daily piece, talk about people up in arms about it. However, the people who get linked by Instapundit and who pay attention year-round to the governments actions tend to remain a minority. I fear most people dont know about what the government does in its omnipotentbus bills and their eventual effects years later.
Remember, the bill banning light bulbs was passed four years ago. Long enough for cause to be forgotten when effect rolls around. Did the Department of Energy send its armed SWAT units into stores to forcibly remove them from the shelves on the day the law went into effect? Of course not.
But at Instapundits reminder, I stopped by the light bulb aisle to pick some more up (remember, I am a noted stockpiler). Even as I was in the aisle, the store employees were completing a reset of the shelf space. Gone were the 24-packs of incandescent bulbs. Instead, the aisle was given over to a wider selection of LED and fluorescent bulbs.
And when the year-end arrives, the 100-watt bulbs will just be gone without fanfare or explanation. In coming years, the same will happen to the remainder of incandescent bulbs. Consumers not engaged in the political process will not know why; they just will not have the chance to buy them and will have to spend a couple bucks on a nice expensive toxic-waste-to-be glass corkscrew instead. Kind of like how all the old timey used childrens books with Good vs. Bad or Building Things Is Good style plots disappeared, leaving only the new timey Love Those Who Are Different From You and Unspoiled Nature Is Better Than Any Human Activity plots remain available.
The government acts, time passes, and the citizens choice just seems to evaporate years later with no clear reason why. Maybe, sometimes, a consumer will say, Hey, I remember when I could get a 25 cent light bulb, but that thought doesnt necessarily translate into sustained political action.
So pardon me if Im not sanguine on the prospects of a government reversal. The bureaucracy in charge does not want to lessen its control. The Democrats in the elected government dont want to anger their activists. The Republican professionals might not want to take away a galvanizing issue that gets the dander of its voters upafter all, if Republican elected officials were to solve the problems they were elected to solve, why would Republican voters vote next election?
No, I guess Im with Instapundit. Stock up while you can, if you can anymore.
When are we going to ban liberals who promote junk science? Or better yet when are we going to ban liberals who do nothing more than ban stuff?
I thought the LED lights were something like $50. each. Am I wrong? Did you mean the florescent bulbs?
I’m getting me some of these. For the record, these are old style carbon filament bulbs. As you can see, they put out about 380 lumens while sucking down 60 watts. Compare that to a regular 60 watt tungsten filament light bulb that pours out about 800 lumens of light. Oh, and the improvement from carbon filament to tungsten came about without any government low interest guaranteed loans, stimulus plans, threats of global warming, or the involvement of the Department of Energy or the EPA.
They ALL want the power of a "TSA" agent - the power to inflict misery on innocent citizens.
But it's still a capitalist system, and people will find ways around liberal's desire to try to make us miserable. The LCD's are better than the corkscrew lights - some low flow toilets work - if you're willing to pay big bucks for the better ones...
We just have to keep working around liberal elites... stop them from hurting us...