Skip to comments.Congress Questions Constitutionality Of Light Bulb Ban
Posted on 06/23/2008 8:25:30 AM PDT by Turret Gunner A20
WASHINGTON Members of Congress are beginning to have second thoughts about the ban on incandescent light bulbs effective in 2014 as a result of an energy bill signed into law earlier this year. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, says his objection is very basic the Constitution doesnt authorize Congress to do anything remotely like banning a product that has been used safely and efficiently for more than 100 years in favor of Chinese-imported compact fluorescent light bulbs that pose considerable health and safety risks.
Extensive cleanup is required by the Environmental Protection Agency for simply breaking a bulb. When a bulb, which contains mercury, is broken, according to the EPA, the room must be evacuated for 15 minutes and aired out with windows, but not before all glass is removed, placed in a sealed glass jar and disposed of outside. Any remaining glass must be picked up with tape. In addition, central heating or air conditioning units must be turned off.
Environmental Protection Agency must be called for a broken bulb?
(Excerpt) Read more at sayanythingblog.com ...
And the Congressman is probably right.
Should have stopped after the word "product".
Wait... you mean our Founding Fathers didn’t give Congress the authority to tell citizens what products they are allowed to purchase?!
Buyer’s remorse from a bunch of idiots.
“Extensive cleanup is required by the Environmental Protection Agency for simply breaking a bulb. When a bulb, which contains mercury, is broken, according to the EPA, the room must be evacuated for 15 minutes and aired out with windows, but not before all glass is removed, placed in a sealed glass jar and disposed of outside. Any remaining glass must be picked up with tape. In addition, central heating or air conditioning units must be turned off.
Wait Environmental Protection Agency must be called for a broken bulb?”
The EPA does not have a mandate to regulate private property owners. Sweep it up and throw it in the trash. Nuff done, nuff said.
About d-— time. And, there is a bunch of other stuff they have legislated that also is unconstitutional.
Every fluorescent bulb contains mercury. Each time a bulb breaks, every office in the U.S. would have to shut down if this were true. The amount in each bulb is minute.
Of course, only a complete moron would call a govt agency in for any reason, under any circumstances. It would give some squinty-eyed beaurocrat the perfect opportunity to condemn someone’s house for dropping a case of the damn things.
Show me where Congress has the right to enact welfare transfer payments, become involved in housing projects, rule the country's educational system, require minority quotas, fund health care benefits, and generally ignore the 9th and 10th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
Why start with light bulbs when there is so much more that needs to be fixed first?
A fellow I was acquainted with 15 years ago killed himself after constant legal battering by the EPA for having old tires on his farm. His family had used them to shore up land since before the war. I guess farms aren't private property.
Now, how about that toilet water capacity mandate?
I told a greenie that I had the solution to the energy problems in America. He was intrigued.
I said, after the 1.5 gal toilet law, and the ban on lightbulbs,
we could simply hook up generators to the American founders spinning in their graves.
You mean they can't find anything in the General Welfare clause, or the Commerce clause?
Recommend by the EPA, not required.
Hey, ANY law that they start looking at opens the door for someone to point fingers at other things, like the ones you mentioned.
It takes a little longer for those CFL’s to flicker on above some people’s thick heads.
Here is the real rub. After 2014, we will have the bulb police to inspect every home, business, etc. to make sure compliance. Some places this miracle bulb just is not efficient and not configured in size to work. What then? This is pure liberal BS.
Lightbulbs are shipped across state lines, so they are subject to regulation under the Interstate Commerce Clause.
This is what they use to justify EVERYTHING.
The founders CLEARLY meant that the feds could intervene only when there was a dispute between the states.
They regulated the size of the flush in our toilets why should they stop now after such an astonishing success.
Remember during the Roberts confirmation hearing when they were talking about his earlier environmental dissent about a frog that never crossed state lines, therefore it wasn't a federal issue?
***Here is the real rub. After 2014, we will have the bulb police to inspect every home, business, etc. to make sure compliance. Some places this miracle bulb just is not efficient and not configured in size to work. What then? This is pure liberal BS.***
Yep! Just call an electrician to do some work in your home which involves having to have it checked by your town or city, and you will be FORCED to comply with the new law.
No, they’ll start thermal imaging homes from the street, just like they do with suspected meth dealers. And, if you think I’m kidding, I’m not.
Constitution? Isn’t that the newspaper in Atlanta that used to be called “Pravda.”
Who Cares? Congress hasn't for many decades.
Because they've obviously have been obsessing about how many @$$holes it takes to change a bulb ... and they've come up with an answer ......... it can't be done.
So, rather than stop being @$$holes, the @$$holes are considering bringing a ladder into the equation.
Give 'em time ... they won't figure it out, but they will foist an answer on us.
(I hear Jeff Dunham's character, "Walter", muttering in his own speciel way ... "@$$holes" )
“The hapless toad,” [Roberts] wrote, “for reasons of its own, lives its entire life in California” and thus could not affect interstate commerce.
Google “roberts hapless toad” to see the hysterics that the left was in when Roberts was being confirmed.
“This viewpoint will undermine all environmental laws!”
Because it's a start.
General Electric is deeply saddened.
Obama says we should ask other countries if we want to keep our homes at 72 degrees. Wait until Congress passes a new law regulating thermostats in private homes.
With a completely dead pan, the Pubbie representative makes mincemeat out of the congress on this issue. Worth every one of a couple minutes of your time.
I'm still chuckling, otherwise known as ROFCMAO.
Best comment I have seen in a while!
"Was ist das? Sie broke ze new kurly bulp und didn't call us immediately!!??"
You can still use the incandesant bulb after 2014, they just cannot be sold after 2014. So stock up a lifetime’s worth now, and you should be all set for the ban.
Nice boon for the commie economy, also.
The congressman addresses this in the short vidio linked above. This video is sooooo good. Where's this guy been?
“Recommend by the EPA, not required.”
The longest journey still begins with a single step. I'll take my victories where I find them.
Look up freon.
Similar to using helicopters to enforce the ban on outdoor grilling.
This clearly shows the real agenda. That helicopter puts out more CO2, etc than thousands of BBQ grills.
The agenda is control.
Congress....”And slowly they turn”....
There ain’t no stopping communism.
Who cares? As long as they overturn this stupid law...
“Extensive cleanup is required by the Environmental Protection Agency for simply breaking a bulb. When a bulb, which contains mercury, is broken, according to the EPA, the room must be evacuated for 15 minutes and aired out with windows, but not before all glass is removed, placed in a sealed glass jar and disposed of outside. Any remaining glass must be picked up with tape. In addition, central heating or air conditioning units must be turned off.”
So we now have to deal with the likes of the EPA guy in the movie Ghostbusters?
I sure hope I don’t break my CF bulb with my plunger handle trying to encourage my waste to go down a federally mandated 1.5 GPF toilet that I have to flush 4 times to get to work.
Point being, why worry about the CFL being constitutional? You already outlawed a toilet that will flush anything bigger than a skittle.
And actually, I think that there are some new bulbs that are "legal"...has something to do with lumens vs wattage consumed. Interestingly enough, the newer technology came out shortly before this asinine legislation. Purely coincidental, I'm positive. I'm also sure that lobbyists for Phillips, GE, etc were completely uninformed of the technology, or at least completely impartial.
I'll need to dig out the particulars on the bill. I do know that it does NOT mandate CFLs, it mandates a low-power-consumption bulb. CFL's are just the most common type.
What I would like to see is a congressman or senator take to the floor to give a speech and in the process, drop a CFL on the floor. See how quick that place empties out. Yet they want to force us to put them in our homes.
The EPA, Stalin would be proud.
California was and may still be attempting to require "smart thermostats" that the government can control so they can raise and lower your energy use as they see fit.
There will soon be calls for his impeachment by his brothers and sisters in the House and Senate.
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