Skip to comments.Will Conservatives see the light?
Posted on 01/04/2014 7:10:10 AM PST by Dartman
Its not the brightest of ideas. But the federal government went ahead and banned light bulbs.
As of Jan. 1, 75- and 100-watt incandescent light bulbs were banned. Once the ones on the shelves run out, thats it.
Canadians will be left to light their homes with two main remaining options: compact fluorescents the twirly-looking ones and LEDs.
Next year 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs will also get the same treatment.
All in the name of energy conservation and feel-good enviro policies!
Even though the compact fluorescents come with their own problems due to the mercury in them. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency advises that people and pets leave the room if one breaks. They even include the number for poison control!
This all came into being in Canada in early 2007. Then Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn said it would save consumers $50 a year in energy costs.
Gee, thanks. But isnt it up to consumers to make cost-effective decisions?
Incandescent bulbs were the cheapest option, going for generally less than a dollar a bulb. Compact fluorescents tend to be several bucks a pop. LEDs go above $10 each.
Big government always sticks it to the little guy!
Canada isnt the only country doing this. In December 2007, U.S. Congress passed a similar act.
Former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu was perplexed when some politicians tried to repeal this law.
In 2011 he said: We are taking away a choice that continues to let people waste their own money.
Sheesh. So the people arent smart enough for freedom?
Its really disappointing to see a nanny state measure like this introduced by a Conservative government.
Are they trying to win votes from the enviro crowd?
Heres what Brian Lilley wrote in a recent column on the issue: One of the biggest mistakes a politician or political party can make is thinking that by pleasing their enemies they will turn them into friends.
The Conservatives should stop trying to win over the eco-extremists. Theyll never be happy. Theyll always want more.
As for the regular folks? They dont like being told how to live.
As Lilley notes, MP Cheryl Gallant launched stopthelightbulbban.ca.
Mistakes can be fixed. Its not too late to reverse this.
What happens when u start dropping the new “acceptable” enviro-friendly mercury filled lightbulbs on the ground?
What happens when they accidentally break in public places???
Who gets to clean it up?
Perhaps some of them need to be dropped in governmental buildings........
I bought a 3 pack of the damned things last summer, they all burned out within a month.
Isn’t the light bulb ban a thing which originated with Bush?
We need to bring back more than lightbulbs.
We need to bring back American jobs.
Here is a federal website showing the trade deficit in the past, and now. Look at the years all the way back to Bush.
Then go back further. A little over a generation ago, America was the undisputed champion of the world.
A generation ago, we made everything, and sold it all over the globe.
Now we are badly falling behind. And both of our parties are selling out America.
I’m serious. Look at the history behind this negative balance. Look all the way back to 1980. Then follow it forward. To now...
300 billion in trade deficit every single year now.
This is rapidly spinning out of control.
Bring back American jobs now.
Light bulbs, machine guns, andro, emissions standards, phosphate, Tylenol 3, absinthe, blah...blah...blah...
It’s either something that is your freemarket choice, which the Dems don’t like, or something someone construed as a vice, which RINO’s don’t like...
Either way, government wins... We lose.
Might make good projectiles for hurling at rent-a-mobsters.
( Literally, "We will astonish the world with our ingratitude" )
The Canadian legislation didn’t really originate with Bush, and while we are happy to bring more American jobs up here, y’all have been so generous in exporting them to the rest of the world that it would be a real shame to take your last ones.
Oh sorry I hadn’t realized this was a Canada ping.
Sorry about that. :D
No problem—it livens up the thread.
Canadians will be left to light their homes with two main remaining options: compact fluorescents the twirly-looking ones and LEDs. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
This is not entirely true, incandescent bulbs which are heavy duty, vibration proof bulbs will still be available ( the loop hole for commercial lighting).
THESE ARE CALLED ROUGH SERVICE LIGHTS.You can buy these at any hardware store even after the ban.In particular the Phillips 60 watt garage dooor opening system bulbs are good to go ( made by Phillips).
SO NO NEED TO PANIC BECAUSE OF THESE LIBERAL COERCIVE UTOPIANS........EFF THEM EVERY ONE.Use rough service incandescent bulbs, they last longer anyway.
“However, like in many instances there is always a but Exemptions to the standards have been identified where an alternative for an efficient bulb is not available, including oven lights, decorative lamps (light bulbs), appliance bulbs, three-way fixtures, chandeliers and rough service/utility bulbs, as well as for agriculture and industrial applications where lighting is used to keep animals or equipment warm.”