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Light Bulb Repeal Bill Stalls in Congress
Vanity | 6/12/2012 | Unknown

Posted on 06/12/2011 9:31:27 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist

As a subscriber to Newsmax I receive weekly emails from them on various topics. I found the following item concerning lightbulbs interesting enough to share:

Light Bulb Repeal Bill Stalls in Congress

"A bill to repeal the banning of ordinary incandescent light bulbs is bottled up in a congressional committee despite Americans’ apparent distaste for the more expensive bulbs that would replace them.

The 100-watt incandescent bulb is scheduled to be outlawed in January 2012, the 75-watt bulb will disappear in January 2013, and the 60-watt and 40-watt bulbs in January 2014.

The bill banning the bulbs — which use more energy than newer bulbs — was introduced in 2007 by then Rep. Jane Harman, a California Democrat, and Rep. Fred Upton, a Michigan Republican, and signed by President George W. Bush in December 2007.

Upton is now chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and while lobbying Republicans for the post he vowed to repeal the section of the 2007 bill that bans incandescent bulbs.

“We have heard the grass roots loud and clear, and will have a hearing early next Congress,” he said in December. “The last thing we wanted to do was infringe upon personal liberties, and this has been a good lesson that Congress does not always know best.”

In January, Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton proposed the Better Use of Light Bulb (BULB) act, which would cancel the phase-out of incandescent bulbs. The bill has 62 co-sponsors, 61 of them Republicans, and a companion bill in the Senate has 28 co-sponsors.

But Upton’s committee has not yet held a hearing on the bill, and “House Republican leadership has evinced no interest in bringing the Barton bill to the floor,” Diana Furchtgott-Roth, an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute, writes in RealClearMarkets. “Calls to repeal the incandescent light bulb ban are coming from consumers, who prefer incandescent lamps." “Chairman Upton,” she adds, “how about voting Mr. Barton’s bill out of committee and sending it to the House floor?”

Once incandescent bulbs vanish, Americans will have to purchase either compact fluorescent bulbs — known as CFLs — halogens, or light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

All three cost significantly more than incandescent bulbs, although they last longer. Many people don’t like the light cast by CFLs — the cheapest of the three — and they must be disposed of at special recycling centers because they contain mercury. They also pose a danger if broken in the home.

Another factor to consider: Incandescent bulbs are made in the United States, while almost all CFLs are made in China, according to Furchtgott-Roth. She concludes: “Consumers should be free, in my opinion, to choose the light bulbs they prefer. If Congress believes that consumers should conserve energy, it can impose a tax on the model bulbs whose use it would discourage or on electricity in general.""


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KEYWORDS: lightbulbrepeal; lightbulbs
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This bill should be a no-brainer; but then again not too many brains in Congress.
1 posted on 06/12/2011 9:31:30 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist
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To: New Jersey Realist

Upton is blocking the bill ? Surprise!


2 posted on 06/12/2011 9:33:12 AM PDT by MetaThought
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To: New Jersey Realist

W also had his brain lapses.


3 posted on 06/12/2011 9:33:35 AM PDT by culpeper (I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny... TJ)
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To: New Jersey Realist

We have no leadership in the House NONE! They could make a law for us use to Kerosene lanterns and it would pass!


4 posted on 06/12/2011 9:34:08 AM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: New Jersey Realist

Stock up people. We have a useless congress.


5 posted on 06/12/2011 9:36:09 AM PDT by Roklok
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To: New Jersey Realist

Ban Congress. It’s a waste of energy.


6 posted on 06/12/2011 9:37:35 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Roklok

Way ahead of you, pardner...


7 posted on 06/12/2011 9:38:13 AM PDT by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: New Jersey Realist

If they cannot do this, they cannot do ANYTHING.

If they WILL not do this, they either didn’t understand or are purposefully ignoring the message of the Tea Party and the 2010 election.

Stop spending! Stop regulating! Get the hell out of our lives!


8 posted on 06/12/2011 9:38:50 AM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: New Jersey Realist
Folks think that a phone call or letter to their congressperson about light bulbs is not worth the effort.

But when one informs himself of the weirdo and perhaps dangerous lighting situation we're going to be in, it's very illuminating indeed.

Let's remember we're activists, not keyboard commandos. Please freep your representative on this ASAP.

IMO, the spineless, tone-deaf Republicans in the House, even the new freshman hot-shots, are going to disappoint us big-time in issues large and small.

Watt is the real reason for the inertia on the light bulb repeal bill, hmmmmm?

Leni

9 posted on 06/12/2011 9:41:26 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Bring Back the MISERY INDEX! Obama's INDEX! Include Food & Energy in a TRUTHFUL INDEX!)
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To: New Jersey Realist

This is all academic anyways since nobody is going to be able to afford electricity by the time the law kicks in.


10 posted on 06/12/2011 9:42:20 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: New Jersey Realist
The mark of a communists Government is it orders its citizens to obey their mandates. We are closer to a communists Government than a Constitutional free society.
11 posted on 06/12/2011 9:42:30 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: LostInBayport

Too bad Bachmann’s focused on her presidential run instead of things like this and the defunding of Obamacare that she could actually be doing real good with. (She was out front and right on both these causes.)


12 posted on 06/12/2011 9:44:28 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: New Jersey Realist

apparently, they think not repealing it before the election will help them and then they will do it. Write and tell them it’s a strategy with which you disagree.


13 posted on 06/12/2011 9:47:11 AM PDT by the Real fifi
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To: New Jersey Realist

Go Joe Barton !


14 posted on 06/12/2011 9:51:10 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: LostInBayport
If they cannot do this, they cannot do ANYTHING.

Precisely! If they cannot do this simple thing, that everyone is for, then asking them to cut spending and reduce the size of government is futile.

I hate to say the situation is hopeless; but, it is much harder to change the way government works than anyone imagined.

15 posted on 06/12/2011 9:52:22 AM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: New Jersey Realist

Thanks for posting this and I urge everyone to call this moron Upton.

Let me tell you, I did call his office a while ago on this and the person I spoke to knew nothing about it.

So, this is why I call him a moron.

So, let’s start ringing the phones, because we don’t want to lose our good lightbulbs.


16 posted on 06/12/2011 9:52:43 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: New Jersey Realist

Not smart. At all.


17 posted on 06/12/2011 9:53:16 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Anthony Weiner is a little cocky.)
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To: New Jersey Realist; All

Too little, too late....

Most of the U.S. light bulb production plants have now been shut down thanks to this law, at the loss of 50,000+ mostly union jobs, and the environmentally unsound CFL production moved to China and Mexico.

I can’t wait to hear the Democrats screaming for BILLIONS in the next two decades to clean the Mercury from this boondoggle out of America’s landfills.


18 posted on 06/12/2011 9:53:48 AM PDT by tcrlaf (You can only lead a lib to the Truth, you can't make it think...)
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To: New Jersey Realist

“Another factor to consider: Incandescent bulbs are made in the United States. . .”

Too late. GE closed down the last US light bulb manufacturing plant at the end of 2010. Thomas Edison must be turning over in his grave.

The new energy efficient CFL bulbs that replace the incandescent bulbs were also invented in the US but production is all overseas. So much for Obama’s promise of millions of green energy jobs in America.

The issue here is not the intelligence of Congress. It is what corporations or organizations are pushing Congress behind the scenes to keep the ban on incandescent bulbs? Congress today responds to the money, not to the wishes of the American people.


19 posted on 06/12/2011 9:56:07 AM PDT by Soul of the South (When times are tough the tough get going.)
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To: tcrlaf
I can’t wait to hear the Democrats screaming for BILLIONS in the next two decades to clean the Mercury from this boondoggle out of America’s landfills.

Of course; that was one of the primary goals of banning incandescent bulbs in the first place, wasn't it?
20 posted on 06/12/2011 9:56:13 AM PDT by Oceander (The phrase "good enough for government work" is not meant as a compliment)
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To: New Jersey Realist

This is a Great example of just how poor our current Republican Leadership is.

It appears the main job of a Republican in Congress is to “reach across the aisle to our good friends” and “compromise”.


21 posted on 06/12/2011 9:56:30 AM PDT by radioone
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To: New Jersey Realist

Upton is and has always been a lying, super RINO. And Boehner is not a hell of a lot better.


22 posted on 06/12/2011 9:58:17 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: New Jersey Realist

Upton co-sponsored the original bill banning incandescent bulbs.

A lot of us said that it would be a travesty if he was made chair of this committee.

But it was his turn, and the RINOs prevailed.

He promised that he would change his ways when he ran for election. But since when can you believe a promise from a corrupt crook like Upton, or from Boehner, the guy who saw to his appointment?

No doubt they both got paid off by GE, which is making compact flourescents in China.


23 posted on 06/12/2011 9:59:58 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: New Jersey Realist
Another factor to consider: Incandescent bulbs are made in the United States,

The last major Incandescent factory in the US closed in Sept. 2010.

As usual with our gubment. Too little, too late. I have stocked up on a lifetime of icandescent bulbs and will no longer purches the toxic, short lasting, and expensive mercury bulbs.

24 posted on 06/12/2011 10:00:40 AM PDT by Drill Thrawl (No one is more against progress than a progressive.)
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To: New Jersey Realist
The bill banning the bulbs — which use more energy than newer bulbs — was introduced in 2007 by then Rep. Jane Harman, a California Democrat, and Rep. Fred Upton, a Michigan Republican, and signed by President George W. Bush in December 2007.

Traitors to capitalism.
25 posted on 06/12/2011 10:01:02 AM PDT by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country.----------In the same way Rush is balance, I am consensus.)
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To: Logical me
The mark of a communists Government is it orders its citizens to obey their mandates. We are closer to a communists Government than a Constitutional free society.

Welcome, comrade, to the United Socialist States of America (Obama's USSA). Greeting from the People's Democratic Republic of Maryland.

Makes you gag, right?

26 posted on 06/12/2011 10:03:01 AM PDT by Rapscallion (Obama is a foreigner. He has no right to the office. He must be impeached. It's not personal.)
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To: New Jersey Realist

If the will of the people were being heeded that repeal should have sailed through Congress with virtually no opposition. Obama will still likely veto the bill even if it does pass.


27 posted on 06/12/2011 10:11:15 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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To: Drill Thrawl
I have stocked up on a lifetime of icandescent bulbs and will no longer purches the toxic, short lasting, and expensive mercury bulbs.

Shhhh...don't advertise. Someday those will be a) illegal to possess and b) worth a nice chunk of change on the black market.

Pssst. Hey. Hey, buddy. Wanna buy one a them old-style light bulbs? $500. Cash.
28 posted on 06/12/2011 10:12:05 AM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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“House Republican leadership has evinced no interest in bringing the Barton bill to the floor”

Solution: New House Republican Leadership.


29 posted on 06/12/2011 10:18:03 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: New Jersey Realist

“Incandescent bulbs are made in the United States, while almost all CFLs are made in China”

“Sure do love them CHICOMS” said the Ruling Elite.


30 posted on 06/12/2011 10:18:21 AM PDT by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: The Great RJ

“Obama will still likely veto the bill even if it does pass.”

Fine. Do it. Another great ad for 2012.


31 posted on 06/12/2011 10:19:29 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: The Antiyuppie

“House Republican leadership has evinced no interest in bringing the Barton bill to the floor”

Solution: New House Republican Leadership.”

Exactly,we have NO leadership at this extremely critical point in time.


32 posted on 06/12/2011 10:22:12 AM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks New Jersey Realist.
...despite Americans' apparent distaste for the more expensive bulbs that would replace them...
Wait until Americans get that distaste in their mouths for the more expensive taxes and health care.

Get the priorities straight -- repeal Obamacare!


33 posted on 06/12/2011 10:26:34 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: New Jersey Realist

(From his website)...(From his website)...(From his website)

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If your message is of an urgent, personal nature, please call one of my offices directly. If you require assistance with a government department or agency, please contact either my Kalamazoo (269-385-0039) or St. Joseph/Benton Harbor (269-982-1986) office.

To schedule a meeting, arrange for a tour, purchase a flown U.S. flag, or apply for a D.C. internship, please contact my Washington office (202) 225-3761. Local internships and non-flown U.S. flags are also available in both District offices.

Due to security screening, mail addressed to my Washington office will experience a delay. Therefore, if you are sending mail to the Washington office, you may wish to consider faxing your correspondence to (202) 225-4986. If you prefer, you may mail your correspondence to either District office and your mail will be forwarded to Washington.

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Apparently Fred only reads email from his own district, despite being on the Energy committee.

He has a little zip code filter on his web site.

If you go here... https://upton.house.gov/Contact/default.aspx

or try here...https://upton.house.gov/Contact/ContactForm.htm

You can use one of these zip codes from his 6th district.

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Then tell him to start doing his job on the E-N-E-R-G-Y committee.


34 posted on 06/12/2011 10:35:54 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: RoadTest
GE stopped making incandescent. China is making them now.

CFL's made in USA are around.

35 posted on 06/12/2011 10:38:46 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: New Jersey Realist

Free the light bulb!


36 posted on 06/12/2011 10:43:41 AM PDT by Krodg
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To: New Jersey Realist

Up to no good


37 posted on 06/12/2011 10:55:56 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: The Antiyuppie

YES !!! Sheesh. It it really that hard for these maroons to figure out ??

This bill and many others like it should go through the congress freaking weekly. Then, just start making the list for the commercials.

Win The Future !


38 posted on 06/12/2011 11:17:07 AM PDT by onona (I play hockey)
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To: New Jersey Realist

The old bulbs have better light! REPEAL!


39 posted on 06/12/2011 11:36:29 AM PDT by Finalapproach29er (God humbles and (if need be) destroys the false idols of the peoples. Be patient, folks...)
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To: New Jersey Realist

Follow the money.


40 posted on 06/12/2011 11:38:52 AM PDT by HChampagne (I am not an AARP member and never will be.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
This is all academic anyways since nobody is going to be able to afford electricity by the time the law kicks in.

Yep, we have gobs and gobs of oil in our own land and we're being erased by a drug ignorant mulatto back stabbing dictater wanabe....and his army.

The powers behind this POS started grooming him long ago. There's no other reason to hide all his records. None whatsoever. No other reason why so many media donks help keep him protected and on a pedestal.

It's going to take a miracle to get us back on our feet and have America whole again.

41 posted on 06/12/2011 11:40:02 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (VOTE out the RATS! Go Sarah!)
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To: New Jersey Realist

So Upton was just playing games with us? What a maroon. He needs to be primaried.


42 posted on 06/12/2011 11:49:55 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: Roklok

It really pi$$es me off that I will spend hundreds of dollars to stock up...then they’ll repeal the ban. Maybe it’s Congresses secret plan to stimulate the light bulb industry.


43 posted on 06/12/2011 12:15:15 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: 9YearLurker
although Bachmann has been a great voice for conservatism, has there been any evidence she has displayed leadership in Congress - among her peers??
44 posted on 06/12/2011 12:47:40 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: elpadre

No, I don’t think getting meaningful legislation passed has been part of her congressional resume.


45 posted on 06/12/2011 12:52:04 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: New Jersey Realist

You can get Decade Bulbs (incandescent) which will last almost ten years with 7 hours a day average use from this company that sells them to the hospitality industry. They burn just a tad less bright than standard bulbs for the given wattages so they’ll last longer.

Get ‘em while you still can!
http://www.nathosp.com/product/25k19_c/standard_incandescent_light_bulbs


46 posted on 06/12/2011 12:56:30 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: New Jersey Realist
But Upton’s committee has not yet held a hearing on the bill

Same thing happened with Commiecare™.

47 posted on 06/12/2011 4:04:50 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: New Jersey Realist

LED lightbulbs last a very long time and they don’t have the mercury problem.


48 posted on 06/13/2011 8:05:27 PM PDT by ari-freedom (All we are saying....is give the military a chance)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

halogen light bulbs aren’t so expensive. I will probably switch to them before going the LED route....I’m not in favor of banning incand bulbs but it is an old technology and may be time to move on.


49 posted on 06/13/2011 8:10:20 PM PDT by ari-freedom (All we are saying....is give the military a chance)
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To: New Jersey Realist

They say they are about prochoice...well, I’d like to choose my lightbulb.


50 posted on 06/13/2011 8:20:59 PM PDT by HollyB
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