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House Turns Out the Lights on Bulb Ban (LOSS of More FREEDOM)
Fox News ^ | July 12, 2011 | Chad Pergram

Posted on 07/13/2011 8:21:13 AM PDT by yoe

The House of Representatives voted to preserve a scheduled phase out of incandescent light bulbs Monday evening.

The Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act, would have rescinded efficiency standards for incandescent bulbs included in a 2007 energy bill.

233 members voted yes and 193 cast nay votes. But the House required a supermajority to approve this particular package. In this case, it would have needed 285 yea votes to pass.

Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) voted present.

The measure gained support after the 2010 elections, as tea party Republicans seized on the prohibition as an example of government overreach.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, says that the increased efficiency standards have the government picking winners and losers in the lighting market.

"To take off the market something that's cheap, effective, and average use costs two or three cents a week to use seems to me to be overkill by the federal government," Barton said of the move away from incandescent bulbs. Supporters of the bill also claim that the compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs designed to replace incandescent bulbs are too expensive and don't work as well as their 19th century competitor."Here's the bottom line, those of us at a certain age, under a compact florescent bulb, we don't look as good as an incandescent bulb," said Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, "The American people should be able to choose what type of light bulb they use in their home. They should not be constrained to all the romance of a Soviet stairwell when they go home in the evening."

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KEYWORDS: lightbulbs
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Congressman Barton of Texas should not ever be re-elected as he is stupid...or stands to gain from this idiotic move....Bishop of Utah should join him in job hunting. In a very few years from now when our land fills are even more toxic, this time from Mercury, taxpayers will pay a fortune to have them cleaned up from this Kudzu-isk over-reach of our elected. Perhaps our courts will do the right thing this time by restoring our choice and freedoms.
1 posted on 07/13/2011 8:21:18 AM PDT by yoe
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To: yoe

I will restart my hoarding program now. I wonder if the Feds will show up to confiscate my stash....


2 posted on 07/13/2011 8:23:29 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Member Emeritus of Vitriolics Anonymous.)
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To: yoe

Does anyone have the background on this silly law? Is it true that Bush signed it into law? Was this something goofy that the Dems attached to a war funding bill? Surely, the GOP did not sponsor the lightbulb bill, did they?


3 posted on 07/13/2011 8:26:42 AM PDT by Lou L (The Senate without a fillibuster is just a 100-member version of the House.)
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To: yoe

Behold the 'value' of the RINO:


4 posted on 07/13/2011 8:27:11 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Nothing surpasses the complexity of the human mind. - Leto II: Dar-es-Balat)
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To: clintonh8r

I was thinking the same...(restarting the hoarding)


5 posted on 07/13/2011 8:28:07 AM PDT by goodnesswins
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To: Lou L

“Does anyone have the background on this silly law? Is it true that Bush signed it into law? Was this something goofy that the Dems attached to a war funding bill? Surely, the GOP did not sponsor the lightbulb bill, did they?”

I would like to know the same things!


6 posted on 07/13/2011 8:29:36 AM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: yoe
How many politicians does it take to change a light bulb? Just one to hold the bulb but a house full of idiots to turn the ladder as the bulb is screwed out and a piece of sh*t from China is screwed in.
7 posted on 07/13/2011 8:29:46 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (Yes Palin can defeat the Obamanable snowman!)
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To: All

DONATE


8 posted on 07/13/2011 8:29:56 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: clintonh8r

Smash CFLs in public. PROTEST


9 posted on 07/13/2011 8:30:32 AM PDT by Rapscallion (Where did the civil and rational Ameica go?)
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To: yoe

I’m not sure I see the problem here, they got a majority although they were just trying to fast track by requiring a super-majority. So, just go through the normal channels and attach it to a must pass bill like the debt ceiling increase with a majority vote. (Unless they don’t really want to repeal it and this was all for show, which is a distinct possiblity.)


10 posted on 07/13/2011 8:31:47 AM PDT by apillar
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To: Lou L
Does anyone have the background on this silly law? Is it true that Bush signed it into law? Was this something goofy that the Dems attached to a war funding bill? Surely, the GOP did not sponsor the lightbulb bill, did they?

From wiki:

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (Pub.L. 110-140[1] originally named the Clean Energy Act of 2007) is an Act of Congress concerning the energy policy of the United States. As part of the Democratic Party's 100-Hour Plan during the 110th Congress,[2] it was introduced in the United States House of Representatives by Representative Nick Rahall of West Virginia, along with 198 cosponsors. Despite Rahall becoming 1 of only 4 Democrats to oppose the final bill,[3] it passed in the House without amendment in January 2007. When the Act was introduced in the Senate in June 2007, it was combined with Senate Bill S. 1419: Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007.[4] This amended version passed the Senate on June 21, 2007.[5][6] After further amendments and negotiation between the House and Senate, a revised bill passed both houses on December 18, 2007[7] and President Bush, a Republican, signed it into law on December 19, 2007 in response to his "Twenty in Ten" challenge to reduce gasoline consumption by 20% in 10 years.[8]
11 posted on 07/13/2011 8:33:36 AM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: Rapscallion

How about mailing a minimally padded CFL to any congressman who votes for the ban?


12 posted on 07/13/2011 8:34:22 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (I have not heard a single Michele or Cain backer threaten to stay home if Palin is nominated.)
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To: yoe
How disappointing and disgusting that this failed. Thanks for nothing elected slave drivers.
13 posted on 07/13/2011 8:36:47 AM PDT by Pilated
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To: clintonh8r

I’ve stashed away enough incandescents to last until I expire. My grandkids will probably inherit some of them. Bought 60 watt and 3-ways by the case online, in fact, my lastest order should arrive today.


14 posted on 07/13/2011 8:39:40 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: yoe
"House Turns Out the Lights on Bulb Ban (LOSS of More FREEDOM)"

GOP = Dem, Voters = nothing!

15 posted on 07/13/2011 8:40:43 AM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: yoe

This is coming back up for a vote as it was postponed as per the Speaker. They needed 2/3 majority because it was rushed through for some stupid reason. It will pass and go to the Senate where the real debate will happen.


16 posted on 07/13/2011 8:41:36 AM PDT by frogjerk (Liberalism: The ideology of envy.)
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To: yoe

Why are slamming Barton? He’s one of the good guys on this one.


17 posted on 07/13/2011 8:42:54 AM PDT by kevkrom (Imagine if the media spent 1/10 the effort vetting Obama as they've used against Palin.)
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To: yoe

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (CPUSA-IL) was on WLS this morning and the hosts were giving her a rough time for voting against this. She said, “With the debt crisis and everything else going on and we’re wasting time on this?” But I guess passing the ban in the first place was a proper use of congressional time.


18 posted on 07/13/2011 8:43:05 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged." -- G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Pilated

Wait until restaurants, stadiums, function halls, schools, auditoriums, churches etc, have to be evacuated because a light bulb broke. What about Christmas lights? We put LED lights on the eight Christmas trees at our Parish Nativity scene. You can barely see them.


19 posted on 07/13/2011 8:45:04 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Pilated

Wait until restaurants, stadiums, function halls, schools, auditoriums, churches etc, have to be evacuated because a light bulb broke. What about Christmas lights? We put LED lights on the eight Christmas trees at our Parish Nativity scene. You can barely see them.


20 posted on 07/13/2011 8:45:29 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Pilated

Wait until restaurants, stadiums, function halls, schools, auditoriums, churches etc, have to be evacuated because a light bulb broke. What about Christmas lights? We put LED lights on the eight Christmas trees at our Parish Nativity scene. You can barely see them.


21 posted on 07/13/2011 8:45:54 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: yoe

Obama would have vetoed this in any case.

Repeal of “the light bulb ban” cannot be seriously undertaken until 2013 at the earliest (presuming Obama is no longer in office by then, which is not yet a certainty).

The Pubbies can try again then.

Serious question to anyone reading this reply:
Just how much of the leftist agenda do you really believe has a chance of being reversed, so long as the ‘rats have the majority in the Senate and Obama in the White House?

It’s going to have to wait about two more years.

Just sayin’...


22 posted on 07/13/2011 8:46:28 AM PDT by Grumplestiltskin (I may look new, but it's only deja vu!)
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To: All

23 posted on 07/13/2011 8:47:06 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: frogjerk

This is coming back up for a vote as it was postponed as per the Speaker. They needed 2/3 majority because it was rushed through for some stupid reason. It will pass and go to the Senate where the real debate will happen.

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Where it will be stopped again. Hoarders should keep on hoarding. You are right though that is will pass the house in a normal proceeding. On a whole I am pleasantly surprised that the 2010 House is remaining this faithful, but WHY did they elevate Boehner?!?!? How soon can this Michael Steele redux be jettisoned?


24 posted on 07/13/2011 8:47:25 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: yoe

Another “Hello Sucker” moment.

Republicans planned this to fail.

The whole process was designed to make us rubes think they really wanted to do away with this Big Brother government mandate.

Now we are supposed to believe republicans made a valid attempt but were thwarted by democrats. The truth is that republicans made sure to process the bill so it required a 2/3 vote which they knew it would not get.

Republicans and democrats all milk contributions and payoffs from the same lobbyists and contributors.

The original bill was sponsored by a republican.
It was passed with the help of republican congressmen and senators.
It was signed into law by a republican president.

They really do not want to change it - they just want us to think they do.


25 posted on 07/13/2011 8:47:55 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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To: apillar
The GOP couldn't (or wouldn't) get rid of low-flow toilets when they had full control of the government, so why would we think they would get the votes for repealing the light bulb ban? Same old, same old, once a law is passed, it is almost impossible to reverse it.
26 posted on 07/13/2011 8:48:16 AM PDT by Major Matt Mason (Government doesn't create jobs, it only creates expenses.)
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To: Rapscallion
Smash CFLs in public. PROTEST

I already did that in front of the city utility worker who handed me the two free CFLs. On my driveway, actually.

27 posted on 07/13/2011 8:49:28 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: musicman
When incandescent light bulbs are outlawed only outlaws will have incandescent light bulbs. And I'll be one of them.
28 posted on 07/13/2011 8:52:29 AM PDT by McGruff (Why do they fear her so?)
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To: musicman

Posterboy for all the dork, einsatzgruppen wannabees in the Untied States of Amerika.


29 posted on 07/13/2011 8:52:52 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: yoe
Amazing isn't it..if the mercury bulb had been invented first...we be banning it in favor of the “safe” incandescent bulb!
30 posted on 07/13/2011 8:54:41 AM PDT by M-cubed
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To: Grumplestiltskin

To be very honest, that may have been the reason, because Obama would simply VETO it. Until the 2012 elections, when there is a MAJOR cleaning out of the White House and Senate, with futher cleaning of the House, work to bring this bill up again.


31 posted on 07/13/2011 8:56:23 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Lou L

Have a peek at the THREE PAGE cleanup guide. You can view it under the broken bulb here: http://www.epa.gov/cfl/cflcleanup-detailed.html


32 posted on 07/13/2011 8:56:36 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: yoe

We’re on our own now...you can also forget about these people repealing Obamacare too.


33 posted on 07/13/2011 8:57:14 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: yoe

Look for major hoarding of the old bulbs to take place.


34 posted on 07/13/2011 8:58:24 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: yoe
Congressman Barton of Texas should not ever be re-elected as he is stupid

Barton sponsored the bill to rescind the incandescent ban.

Why are you upset with him?

It was numbnutz like Bishop that didn't support it that need to be sent home.

35 posted on 07/13/2011 8:59:56 AM PDT by N. Theknow (I am a Carnivore Conservative - No peas for me.)
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To: WKUHilltopper

That is why 2012 is looking more and more like a major political clean-up.


36 posted on 07/13/2011 9:01:33 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: yoe

Maybe what we need is a “Light Bulb Party” of sorts.

The Founding Fathers would have never tolerated this from the British.


37 posted on 07/13/2011 9:01:46 AM PDT by MWS
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To: frogjerk

Thanks for that information.


38 posted on 07/13/2011 9:02:04 AM PDT by Eva
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To: clintonh8r
I will restart my hoarding program now. I wonder if the Feds will show up to confiscate my stash....

No. Like FDR and gold, you'll simply have to turn in all your hoarded incandescent bulbs, or face severe penalties. ;)

39 posted on 07/13/2011 9:04:15 AM PDT by Ole Okie (!!)
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To: yoe
I guess I could hold out hope that Boehner knew what he was doing when he chose to subject this to a 2/3 requirement. At least the RATs en masse are on record as supporting the ban. Come the next elections, the laggards will begin to not see the light on their store shelves.

Now, will he put the bill into Fred Upton's committee and hold him to his promise? or is it as dead as a burned out bulb?

40 posted on 07/13/2011 9:05:19 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (From her lips to the voters' ears: Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "We own the economy" June 15, 2011)
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To: WKUHilltopper

Looks like adding sixty-some members of the Republican Party to the House didn’t matter much, after all...


41 posted on 07/13/2011 9:06:07 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: steve86
Smash CFLs in public. PROTEST I already did that in front of the city utility worker who handed me the two free CFLs. On my driveway, actually.

You are lucky you weren't charged with terrorism or making a chemical attack and also lucky that you weren't required to pay for a full hazmat turnout by the local FD. You know they were itching to do so but didn't as it would expose the underlying problem with CFL bulbs.

42 posted on 07/13/2011 9:10:28 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (From her lips to the voters' ears: Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "We own the economy" June 15, 2011)
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To: yoe

I want them to put this throught he proper channels and vote again on this so they don’t need 2/3’s.People like me literally get sick from flouresant lighting and if this is the law my life will not be very enjoyable being sick to my stomach all of the time.Wonder if I can sure the feds for doing this to me?


43 posted on 07/13/2011 9:13:32 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: NonValueAdded

How about a flashmob CFL attack on the steps of the capitol? Imagine...thousands of smashed CFLs right in front of them.


44 posted on 07/13/2011 9:14:20 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Member Emeritus of Vitriolics Anonymous.)
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To: NonValueAdded

He drove back and forth in front of the house several times but evidently never reported the incident to anyone who cared enough to pursue it. I am in a conservative area and most of the public officials would just say ignore that old curmudgeon.


45 posted on 07/13/2011 9:15:24 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: who knows what evil?
"233 members voted yes and 193 cast nay votes. But the House required a supermajority to approve this particular package. In this case, it would have needed 285 yea votes to pass."

The Stupid Party (aka the Republican Party) fails to come through for its supporters and the nation again. They had enough votes to rescind the awful legislation but could not because of the Pelosi imposed, ridiculous "2/3 rule" from the last Congress. The Speaker must think he's working in the Senate or something. This is just another nail in GOP's coffin. I'm waiting anxiously for a genuine conservative third party to arrive on the scene. Goodbye GOP.

46 posted on 07/13/2011 9:19:28 AM PDT by StormEye
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To: clintonh8r
I will restart my hoarding program now. I wonder if the Feds will show up to confiscate my stash....

Same here, unless Texas goes ahead with manufacturing bulbs in our state for sale in state.

47 posted on 07/13/2011 9:23:57 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (zero hates Texas and we hate him back. He ain't my president either.)
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To: yoe; All

Thanks for posting. Thread BUMP!


48 posted on 07/13/2011 9:27:11 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: Notary Sojac
How about mailing a minimally padded CFL to any congressman who votes for the ban?

One would probably be charged with deploying a WMD.

49 posted on 07/13/2011 9:30:14 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: apillar
(Unless they don’t really want to repeal it and this was all for show, which is a distinct possiblity.)

More like a probability. They had nowhere near the votes to pass it as a super-majority, and it's unlikely that they did not realize that. This was just electioneering to pretend that they tried.

50 posted on 07/13/2011 9:33:28 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (In the land of the pigs, the butcher is king.)
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