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IBD Editorials ^ | March 9, 2011 | Staff

Posted on 03/09/2011 6:36:49 PM PST by Kaslin

Regulation: The leader of the Tea Party Caucus introduces a bill saying government can't tell us what light bulbs to buy, especially if the replacements for Thomas Edison's creation pose an environmental hazard all their own.

Before there was ObamaCare and its mandate to buy health insurance as a condition of citizenship, there was the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, one of the first things Democrats took up on taking power in the 2006 elections.

The legislation sought to save the Earth and make us energy-independent by mandating that the incandescent bulb — arguably Edison's greatest invention, created without government "investment" — be eventually replaced by compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).

This in effect made incandescent bulbs a controlled substance and outlawed that bane of civilization, the 100-watt bulb, by 2012, with the rest outlawed by 2014.

Once again we were following the lead of enlightened Europeans. When they imposed their ban, however, issues arose almost immediately.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: bachmann; cfl; energy; epa; ibd; incandescentbulb; michelebachmann; teaparty

1 posted on 03/09/2011 6:36:52 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
You have to wonder if all of the manufacturing tooling for incandescent bulbs has been scrapped, yet.
2 posted on 03/09/2011 8:03:27 PM PST by jonascord (The Tea Party just gave the Republican senators an ice water enema.)
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To: steelyourfaith; Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Incandescent light bulb ping.

3 posted on 03/09/2011 11:49:39 PM PST by Beowulf
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Thanx for the ping Beowulf !


Beam me to Planet Gore !

4 posted on 03/10/2011 3:50:58 AM PST by steelyourfaith ("Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." -- Wendell Phillips)
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5 posted on 03/10/2011 5:17:12 PM PST by raptor22 (Join me on Twitter @gerfingerpoken)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t understand why Bachman put those stipulations in her bill. Why didn’t she just write it so the CFL light bulb bill would be recinded for the simple reason that the government has no damn business outlawing our incandescent light bulbs.

6 posted on 03/10/2011 5:39:39 PM PST by FrdmLvr (Death to tyrants)
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To: Kaslin

CA outlawed the 100-watt effective 1/1/11 I believe.

7 posted on 03/10/2011 6:02:34 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: FrdmLvr
I totally agree with you - why all the dancing around and cutesy stuff.

Just point out it's none of their dam* business what kind we buy - but DO emphasize their hypocrisy in that this ‘green’ bulb is a toxic bomb.

I would like to see a list of the initial stock holders.

I have a suspicion that a product was picked - one that every household uses - and then deals were made (with China friends for productions and kick backs - and then with the buddy politicians to mandate buying the product.

Rather like Chertoff leaving his gov’ job and investing in the xray scanners at the airports - and then the new rules at the airports.

The mandate for the low-flushes isn't working out too good in San Francisco - great place for a sewer problem.

8 posted on 03/10/2011 9:35:10 PM PST by maine-iac7 ("We stand together or we fall apart" mt)
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To: ExTexasRedhead
CA outlawed the 100-watt effective 1/1/11 I believe.

You are correct.

9 posted on 03/11/2011 3:32:28 PM PST by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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