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[Rick] Perry, take a dim view of this bill (LIBS don't want Gov to keep incandescent bulbs)
Austin American-Statesman ^ | June 14, 2011 | Editorial Board

Posted on 06/15/2011 8:30:03 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Texans like to think we're forward-looking folks, eager to embrace the newer and better. Sometimes, however, our independent streak gets in the way.

House Bill 2510, a misguided effort based on a flawed premise, is one of those instances. Gov. Rick Perry should veto it. The bill, which the House and Senate approved this year, purports to thumb Texas' nose at those evildoers in Washington by harrumphing about the 10th Amendment and how it guarantees to the states "certain powers."

The bill claims as one of those powers the sacred right to use whatever kind of light bulbs Texans choose to use. At issue in HB 2510 is the 2007 federal law — approved with bipartisan support and signed by President George W. Bush — setting minimum energy efficiency standards for screw-based light bulbs. The law takes effect next year and offers the promise of significant savings in energy consumption with no overly detrimental impact on quality of life (or quality of light, for that matter).

Nevertheless, the Texas Legislature saw fit to weigh in on this. The bill now awaiting gubernatorial action says incandescent light bulbs — including the old-fashioned, less-efficient kind many of us are used to — that are made in Texas with Texas components and have not left the state's borders would be exempt when the federal light-bulb law kicks in next year.

There are a variety of problems with the bill, perhaps starting with legitimate legal questions concerning whether a state can use this kind of legislation as a subterfuge around federal law. The Washington-based Natural Resources Defense Council, which is calling attention to the folly of this law, notes a Reagan-era federal law that protects manufacturers against a patchwork of state regulations by setting national energy efficiency standards...

(Excerpt) Read more at statesman.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: economy; energy; environmentalism; lightbulbs

1 posted on 06/15/2011 8:30:10 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Gov. Rick Perry: Al Gore's "Gone To Hell"
2 posted on 06/15/2011 8:32:18 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Why the heck did George Bush ever sign it in the first place?


3 posted on 06/15/2011 8:32:25 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Texans like to think we're forward-looking folks, eager to embrace the newer and better.

Embracing newer and better does not require a law declaring what newer and better is.

4 posted on 06/15/2011 8:36:18 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: BunnySlippers

Why did he sign half the crap he signed as president? R-I-N-O


5 posted on 06/15/2011 8:43:04 AM PDT by SoDak
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To: BunnySlippers; The_Victor; All
Austin American Statesman uncomfortable with this anti-global warming governor and his "failure to acknowledge the problem."

It's a fun read.

6 posted on 06/15/2011 8:45:08 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: SoDak
[excerpt] "......Governor Perry let loose the observation that “George” — and the Bushies hate it when Perry calls him “George” in public — “has never been a fiscal conservative.” Never? “Wasn’t when he was in Texas . . . ’95, ’97, ’99, George Bush was spending money.” He also criticized Bush as being limp on immigration.

The truth hurts, but there’s more to the Bush-Perry friction than that. One longtime observer of Lone Star politics described the Bushes’ disdain of Perry as “visceral,” and it is not too terribly hard to see why. The guy that NPR executives and the New York Times and your average Subaru-driving Whole Foods shopper were afraid George W. Bush was? Rick Perry is that guy. George W. Bush was Midland by way of Kennebunkport. Rick Perry’s people are cotton farmers from Paint Creek, a West Texas town so tiny and remote that my Texan traveling-salesman father looked at me skeptically and suggested I had the name wrong when I asked him whether he knew where it was. (Governor Perry confesses that one of the politiciany things he’s done in office is insisting that the Texas highway atlas include Paint Creek, making him the hometown boy who literally put the town on the map.) Bush is a Yalie, Perry is an Aggie. Bush served in the Texas Air National Guard, and Perry was a captain in the U.S. Air Force, flying C-130s in the Middle East. Bush has a gentleman’s ranch, Perry has the red meat. The irony is that Perry, a tea-party favorite, personifies the hawkish new fiscal conservatism that has allowed the GOP to find its way out from under George W. Bush’s shadow, but he himself remains in the shade of that politically poisonous penumbra. NRO: Rick Perry's Tenth Commandment

7 posted on 06/15/2011 8:47:45 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The law takes effect next year and offers the promise of significant savings in energy consumption with no overly detrimental impact on quality of life (or quality of light, for that matter).

Who is to say what constitutes an overly detrimental impact on quality of life or light?

It seems that this decision could best be made by the individual consumer. If CFLs are so wonderful, they will drive the incandescents out of the market. This has happened over and over again in the free market. Automobiles completely displaced horse and buggy, for instance. Typewriters disappeared from the marketplace without any government intervention.

People are able to decide what is best for them, if they are allowed.

8 posted on 06/15/2011 8:48:38 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If you can read this / (To paraphrase on old line) / Thank a TAXPAYER!.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Ya know what I'd like to see? A government that could admit it made a big mistake and would rescind some of these stupid laws. If it's better and saves money the consumer will go for it. Get out of our lives with your constant attention to minutiae. We have really big problems that need immediate attention and what do we get...directions on light bulbs!
9 posted on 06/15/2011 8:52:52 AM PDT by pepperdog (Why are Democrats Afraid of a Voter ID Law?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Once again, the libs have it upside down. The real question is: "What in Art 1, Sec 8 of the Constitution gives Congress the power to regulate light bulbs?" The answer, of course, is nothing.

Unconstitutional on it's face.

/johnny

10 posted on 06/15/2011 8:53:59 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: BunnySlippers
The answer is simple, Bush was a Statist and a “pragmatic” (In terms of government spending/regulation), shortsighted ignoramus.
11 posted on 06/15/2011 8:55:10 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

People miss the point with this whole discussion. Essentially there is no viable replacement for the incandescent bulb. The CFL bulbs being forced upon us are a serious environmental hazard. This has been stated by the EPA. They are more of a concern than the coal plants the EPA is shutting down.

The problem is that GE produces the new bulbs in China, at great profit, and Obama wants to shut down coal to support GE’s Green companies. It is all politics.

Once the incandescent bulbs are gone Congress will probably require a large deposit on the new bulbs to assure they are disposed of properly. I wonder if GE will handle disposal also.


12 posted on 06/15/2011 8:56:30 AM PDT by paguch
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The law takes effect next year and offers the promise of significant savings in energy consumption with no overly detrimental impact on quality of life (or quality of light, for that matter).

Typical lying leftist tactic - start with a false assertion, with no supporting evidence for your claims, and wilfully ignore the counter evidence, and then work off of your flawed assertion to build the faulty case for your Socialist utopian micromanagement of peoples' lives.

We've been through this before - just look at the low-flow toilet debacle for one example (millions of plumbers thank you for the pipe-unclogging business opportunities you've given them, but toilet owners are less satisfied). Or look at the folly of mandating the mixture of ethanol or MTBE into gasoline (and the subsequent starvation of low-income people around the world and/or the water pollution it caused). And so on...

13 posted on 06/15/2011 8:58:19 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Haiku Guy
......If CFLs are so wonderful, they will drive the incandescents out of the market. ....

And if Boeing union workers were so wonderful and helping the company compete in the global market, Obama wouldn't have to block Boeing from opening a plant in South Carolina, a right to work state.

But there it is.

Control.

14 posted on 06/15/2011 8:59:04 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Austin American Snakeskin up to the same old.


15 posted on 06/15/2011 8:59:28 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: pepperdog

In a nutshell.. That is one of the big problems of government. People who cannot say they made a mistake and I am sorry. Look at Romney. I would have a bit more respect for he just said I thought it would work..it hasn’t and that’s why, if elected, I will stop Obamacare the first day in office.


16 posted on 06/15/2011 9:01:10 AM PDT by Hildy (Hollywood liberals once embraced Communism "because they hadn't invented Pilates yet"- David Mamet)
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To: paguch
Coal exports through port booming Asian demand for fuel turns bay into parking lot - Cross the Bay Bridge on any day of the week, and you're likely to see several giant freighters anchored in the water below.

A surge in coal exports from the port of Baltimore has turned the Chesapeake Bay into a maritime parking lot.

Demand from China, India and other countries for high-priced metallurgic coal to fuel steel production has grown so strong that ships are backed up south of the bridge waiting to gain a berth at one of Baltimore's two coal terminals.

To Helen Delich Bentley, the former congresswoman and federal maritime commissioner for whom the port of Baltimore is named, the vessels are reminiscent of the city's shipping heyday in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

"It's kind of like the old days when we had ships waiting in the bay for their turn at the pier," said Bentley, now a maritime industry consultant. [end excerpt]

17 posted on 06/15/2011 9:02:41 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: jospehm20
This really sticks in their craw:

"Nevertheless, the Texas Legislature saw fit to weigh in on this. The bill now awaiting gubernatorial action says incandescent light bulbs — including the old-fashioned, less-efficient kind many of us are used to — that are made in Texas with Texas components and have not left the state's borders would be exempt when the federal light-bulb law kicks in next year."

18 posted on 06/15/2011 9:05:47 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I really kind of like this law.


19 posted on 06/15/2011 9:10:07 AM PDT by ngat
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“whether a state can use this kind of legislation as a subterfuge around federal law.”

These pointy-headed editors need to read the constitution.

The important question is when will the states insist that the Federales stop misusing the interstate commerce clause and general welfare clause to unconstitutionally expand federal government power.

Screw D.C. Return power to the states, where it belongs.

I anticipate that Gov. GoodHair will sign the bill, since he is considering running for president. Were he not a potential candidate and not running for another office, I would have my doubts.


20 posted on 06/15/2011 9:14:02 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Stock up now - still available and still only 25¢ to 35¢ each - sometimes less.

There is talk of republicans repealing HB 2510 but they cannot be trusted on anything once they get elected.


21 posted on 06/15/2011 9:17:23 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster - Sun Tzu)
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To: ngat
Perry stresses record during N.Y. speech [excerpt]The Texas governor said it was “pretty cool” to speak “instead of The Donald.”

“He’s known for saying, ‘you’re fired,’” Perry said. “We’re known for saying, ‘You’re hired.’ That’s what we do in Texas.’”

Perry talked a lot about one person he’d like to see fired: Obama. He condemned the president’s “abysmal leadership” and the “endless overreaching” of his administration.

“This administration considers profit to be a dirty word,” he said.

Perry’s rhetoric — and his record as Texas governor — left the New York GOP leaders mighty impressed and a little bit jealous. [end excerpt]

22 posted on 06/15/2011 9:21:52 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: SharpRightTurn
June 14, 2011 - Neil Cavuto inteview Help Wanted: Rick Perry on Economy, 2012 -- It's broken into to segments - Part II - "TX Gov on Unions"
23 posted on 06/15/2011 9:25:46 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: jospehm20

I call ‘em the Armenian Spaceman.


24 posted on 06/15/2011 9:31:03 AM PDT by Erasmus (I love "The Raven," but then what do I know? I'm just a poetaster.)
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To: Erasmus

That is pretty funny. I heard Lynn Wooley calling them the Snakeskin and it stuck with me.


25 posted on 06/15/2011 9:33:38 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: jospehm20
I’ll be watching to see if the MSM slobbers over Rick Perry’s 2 books like they slobbered over Barack Obama’s 2 books.

Rick Perry On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting for - In On My Honor, Texas governor Rick Perry, through the legacy of the Boy Scouts of America, takes dead aim at the moral relativism of the secular humanist movement, indicting its corrosive impact on the culture. Examining the left's legal assaults on the Boy Scouts of America - which span more than 30 years - Perry offers prescient insight into the multi-faceted war, which pits the proponents of traditional American values against the radical leftist movement that seeks to tear down our social foundations.

On My Honor underscores the depth to which the culture warriors of the left will go to force their secular humanist minority view upon American society and revered American institutions. It is a revealing look at a culture war that rages close to the surface of American life, and it is a must read for any American concerned that our society is slipping from the high moral ground of liberty to the valley of license.

Rick Perry Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington - “Now, do not misunderstand me, America is great.

But we are fed up with being over-taxed and over-regulated. We are tired of being told how much salt to put on our food, what kind of cars we can drive, what kinds of guns we can own, what kind of prayers we are allowed to say and where we can say them, what we are allowed to do to elect political candidates, what kind of energy we can use, what doctor we can see. What kind of nation are we becoming? I fear it's the very kind the Colonists fought against. But perhaps most of all, we are fed up because deep down we know how great America has always been, how many great things the people do in spite of their government, and how great the nation can be in the future if government will just get out of the way.

Our fight is clear. We must step up and retake the reins of our government from a Washington establishment that has abused our trust. We must empower states to fight for our beliefs, elect only leaders who are on our team, set out to remind our fellow Americans why liberty is guaranteed in the Constitution, and take concrete steps to take back our country. The American people have never sat idle when liberty's trumpet sounds the call to battle-and today that battle is for the soul of America.”

***

Review

"My friend Rick Perry knows that it is the American people who make this country great and not Washington. With appropriate respect for both our rich history and the practical needs of today, Rick sees a bright future for America, based on freedom and limited government." (Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana )

"Rick Perry has hit the proverbial nail on the head in FED UP!, making a powerful case for a return to limited government and the restoration of the proper balance of power between Washington and the states. As Governor of Texas, he has seen firsthand the greatness of America and the prosperity we can enjoy when we empower people and get government out of the way. He explains in detail the historical, constitutional, and practical reasons why a government closest to the people protects liberty, and lays out the path to right the ship - citizen involvement and engagement to hold politicians accountable. No citizen should skip this book - your future depends on getting this right." (Rush Limbaugh )

"In FED UP!, Governor Perry explains that we can and will save America by taking necessary steps to restore the proper balance of power between federal and state government. He understands what seemingly few other prominent politicians do-that America's greatness stems from the people and our collective respect for the Constitution, not from the 'geniuses' in Washington." (Mark Levin )

"FED UP! lays out the truth of how far our Washington politicians have driven this nation off track. It's refreshing to read that at least one of our leaders understood what my dad always knew. The Government works for the people and not the other way around." (Michael Reagan )

26 posted on 06/15/2011 9:37:25 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Haiku Guy

Yup. Those fluorescents DO affect MY quality of life and I avoid them at all costs. I’ve stockpiled my beloved incandescents, although the Green SWAT will probably kick down our doors and confiscate them.


27 posted on 06/15/2011 9:40:58 AM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

No. They will first be amazed he can read and write, being from Texas an all. Then they will probably investigate if he really wrote the books, just like they did with their hero Barky. /s


28 posted on 06/15/2011 9:45:04 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Good for Rick Perry....


29 posted on 06/15/2011 9:58:39 AM PDT by shield (Rev2:9 "Woe unto those who say they are Judah and are not, but are of the synaGOGue of Satan.")
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To: jospehm20
You are right.

Imagine if Perry or Palin threw a BBQ on the White House lawn.


Laura Skelding/Austin American-Statesman Eddie Deen Catering employee Edgar
Sanchez drags a giant skillet into place in preparation for the barbecue dinner to
follow today's inaguration of Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst at the
Capitol in Austin.

More pictures (inc Aggie Honor Guard) Here: Gov. Rick Perry calls Texas 'a beacon of opportunity' in inaugural speech

30 posted on 06/15/2011 10:06:05 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

a 100W bulb will make a helluva prop for him to wave around during stump speeches


31 posted on 06/15/2011 10:07:56 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog
It would indeed!

The environmentalists are on the march. I'd like to see them run this up to the Supreme Court.

June 9, 2011 HOUSTON (AP) -- A national environmental group has asked Gov. Rick Perry to veto a light bulb manufacturing bill they say would defy federal law, rendering it unconstitutional.

The National Resources Defense Council officially asked Perry in a letter on Tuesday to veto the bill that says light bulbs manufactured in Texas and sold only in the state do not have to meet federal energy efficiency laws. [end excerpt]

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Contact Office of the Governor - Rick Perry

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# Citizen's Opinion Hotline [for Texas callers] : (800) 252-9600
# Information and Referral and Opinion Hotline [for Austin, Texas and out-of-state callers] : (512) 463-1782
# Office of the Governor Main Switchboard [office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST] : (512) 463-2000
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# Office of the Governor Fax: (512) 463-1849

32 posted on 06/15/2011 10:16:51 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: jospehm20
"Austin American Snakeskin"

Excellent. My favorite has always been Altered Statesman.

33 posted on 06/15/2011 10:42:31 AM PDT by Proud_texan (Scare people enough and they'll do anything.)
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To: Proud_texan
"Austin American Snakeskin"

Excellent. My favorite has always been Altered Statesman.


My favorite is the Austin Unamerican Statesrag
34 posted on 06/15/2011 11:38:13 AM PDT by TexanByBirth
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To: TexanByBirth

That one fits. They are a commie rag to be sure. I almost prefer the Chronicle. At least they don’t try and pretend their stuff isn’t slanted.


35 posted on 06/15/2011 1:10:07 PM PDT by Proud_texan (Scare people enough and they'll do anything.)
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To: BunnySlippers

He signed it because it had a veto-proof majority. He didn’t waste his veto on things that the Dems would overturn and the press would report as being weak.


36 posted on 06/15/2011 3:13:54 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: jospehm20
They will first be amazed he can read and write, being from Texas A&M an' all.
37 posted on 06/15/2011 4:34:17 PM PDT by Erasmus (I love "The Raven," but then what do I know? I'm just a poetaster.)
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To: Erasmus

That’s funny.


38 posted on 06/15/2011 4:49:47 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

According to the Governor’s office,
Governor Rick Perry has decided to sign Bill allowing the light bulbs in Texas
http://freedomlightbulb.blogspot.com/
.


39 posted on 06/16/2011 9:38:37 AM PDT by lighthouse10
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To: lighthouse10

Thanks!


40 posted on 06/16/2011 9:54:25 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Some bright engineer should build a big coal-fired power plant across the Mexican border from San Diego and start producing energy. The Californians will come knocking, soon enough...


41 posted on 06/23/2011 5:12:21 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If you can read this / (To paraphrase on old line) / Thank a TAXPAYER!.)
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