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67% Oppose Upcoming ‘Ban’ on Traditional Light Bulbs
Rasmussen Reports ^ | July 15, 2011

Posted on 07/15/2011 8:39:52 AM PDT by upchuck

One-in-five Americans (20%) say they or someone they know has bought large quantities of traditional light bulbs to use when those bulbs disappear off store shelves next year under new federal light bulb regulations.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 70% of Adults aren’t doing that themselves or don’t know anyone who is, but another 10% are not sure.

The new government regulations provide for the manufacture of similar-looking bulbs that will last longer and be more energy-efficient – but also more expensive. Critics view the regulations as unnecessary government intrusion in the free market and see them as effectively banning the kind of light bulb Americans have used for decades.

Just 20% of adults think the sale of traditional light bulbs should be banned. Sixty-seven percent (67%) oppose such a ban. Thirteen percent (13%) are undecided.

However, 57% think it is at least somewhat likely that the new light bulbs, while they will cost more up front, will save money in the long run, as the federal Energy Department claims. Thirty-six percent (36%) think long-term savings are unlikely. These findings include 29% who think the savings are Very Likely and just nine percent (9%) who say they are Not At All Likely.

Two years ago, only 18% of adults thought it was the government’s job to tell Americans what kind of light bulb they should use. Seventy-two percent (72%) say it’s none of the government’s business.

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2011polls; cfl; envirofascism; ge; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; govtabuse; incandescentbuls; incandescents; lightbulbs

1 posted on 07/15/2011 8:39:56 AM PDT by upchuck
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To: upchuck

Right now the FReepathon banner at the top of this thread says, “We need your help to keep the lights on!!”

I sure a hell hope those lights aren’t CFLs :)


2 posted on 07/15/2011 8:42:58 AM PDT by upchuck (Think you know hardship? Ha! Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: upchuck
Will the old cartoons, where a light bulb was placed over someone’s head when he/she had an idea, need modification? I mean that could be a hate crime against the environment.
3 posted on 07/15/2011 8:43:17 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: upchuck

Going across the border into Canada and smuggling them into the US. Reading about Prohibition and what transpired then. I also read where detergent with phosphates are banned in lots of towns. But what of farmers using phosphates for fertilizer?


4 posted on 07/15/2011 8:44:19 AM PDT by SkyDancer (You know, they invented wheelbarrows to teach FAA inspectors to walk on their hind legs.)
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To: upchuck
Everybody just shut up and "eat your peas!" - Barry Soetoro

It might be time to form a grassroots Pea Party in America!

5 posted on 07/15/2011 8:46:26 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hey Barry! Compromise this!!!)
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To: upchuck

Maybe in a new house, the CFLs last longer, but in my house built in 1940, they don’t last any longer (old electrical wiring and fuse box). I tried it to save money but it turned into a waste.


6 posted on 07/15/2011 8:47:26 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: upchuck

The Founders must be rolling in their graves right now.


7 posted on 07/15/2011 8:47:49 AM PDT by lormand (A Government who robs Peter to pay Paul, will always have the support of Paul)
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To: upchuck

Yeah, like We The People have a say in anything anymore.


8 posted on 07/15/2011 8:48:24 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: upchuck

I refuse to believe that 33% of the American population has bought into the entire “green” mythology, and is thus willing to let the goverment dictate product availability.

Yes, they were stupid enough to elect the America-hating RaceMarxist, but the whole “environmentalism” lie flies in the face of basic common sense.


9 posted on 07/15/2011 8:48:52 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: upchuck
I want a toilet that flushes also.
10 posted on 07/15/2011 8:50:29 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Obama is a Communist, a Muslim, and an illegal alien)
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To: upchuck

Sure our next President, a Republican, will make a list of all the RAT crap and use executive order to repeal. Don’t trust we can take the majority in the Senate, but if so then use the House, Senate, and President and do it rapid fire.


11 posted on 07/15/2011 8:50:38 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: lormand

I baited a lefty in a “whole foods” store one day.

I pointed out the CFLs in all the overhead lighting and said “you know they’ve found a great new clean way to generate electricity?”

“Really?”

“Yeah, they’re hooking up generators to the country’s founders as they’re spinning in their graves over the government telling us what lightbulbs we have to use.”


12 posted on 07/15/2011 8:52:28 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: upchuck

We need to make the light bulb a symbol on par with the tea bag. This is a touchstone issue for liberty. Any Republican who did not vote to repeal needs to be taken out in the next primary.


13 posted on 07/15/2011 8:55:00 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: MrB

That is worth recycling...great joke.


14 posted on 07/15/2011 8:55:23 AM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: upchuck
Been finding those curly fry bulbs do not last longer. I have a few that I put in a couple years ago and they are starting to fail. The savings that I thought I would see is not happening because they are inferior. As I pull them, I'm putting in incandescents. Now, I have to keep a box in a safe place to collect the failing CFCs and not let the mercury go to the dump.
15 posted on 07/15/2011 8:55:37 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: MrB

Awesome.

Dennis Miller quality humor, and believe me sir, that is high praise.

Now. What the hell were you doing in a Lefty Food store?

I’m putting you on the FR suspect list.


16 posted on 07/15/2011 8:56:14 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: upchuck

And most think that the 1.5 gal/flush toilets are junk.

However, the sheeple are pretty ok with taking what they’re given. Our society has been groomed for communism. I’m not sure, but it looks inevitable to me.

In the meantime, I’m stocking up on incandescent bulbs. I’ll continue to use them as a small act of defiance.


17 posted on 07/15/2011 8:57:33 AM PDT by brownsfan (I miss the America I grew up in.)
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To: upchuck

***The new government regulations provide for the manufacture of similar-looking bulbs that will last longer and be more energy-efficient – but also more expensive. ****

Repackage the old 100W Incadescents at “HEAT LAMPS”! They are perfect for keeping small numbers of baby chicks and other animals warm. Also warm in winter when you need to keep a pipe from freezing or a small enclosed space warm.


18 posted on 07/15/2011 9:03:12 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name. See my home page, if you dare! NEW PHOTOS!)
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To: upchuck
Seventy-two percent (72%) say it’s none of the government’s business.

Yeah, but what does that have to do with anything? (/s)

19 posted on 07/15/2011 9:04:55 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged." -- G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

All 100W “heat Lamps” can come with this warning...

WARNING! IT IS A FEDERAL OFFENSE TO USE THIS “HEAT LAMP” AS A LIGHT SOURCE! ;-D


20 posted on 07/15/2011 9:05:21 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name. See my home page, if you dare! NEW PHOTOS!)
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To: EyeGuy

My wife needed something that was cheaper there than online and it wasn’t available otherwise... that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.


21 posted on 07/15/2011 9:07:59 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: upchuck

I have already bought a bunch of incandescents, stocked up for some time. I tried those cfl’s and in any location that you turn on and off the light frequently, they don’t last. Worse, when they are burning out, they get insanely hot at the base and often smoke giving off a nasty bakelight smell that I am sure is not enviro-wacko friendly. And don’t even get me started on the mercury in them.

I don’t know why envirowackos are so concerned with my light bulbs, everyone knows that electricity is generated by granola crunching unicorns, whose flapping wings gently turn windmill blades; there is plenty of electricity.

Save me from the people who would save me from myself.


22 posted on 07/15/2011 9:10:24 AM PDT by cyberstoic
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To: MrB

That’s a good one..will have to borrow it


23 posted on 07/15/2011 9:12:26 AM PDT by lormand (A Government who robs Peter to pay Paul, will always have the support of Paul)
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To: upchuck
"67% Oppose Upcoming ‘Ban’ on Traditional Light Bulbs"

For the next election, I see a Pubbie slogan

"The Dems, the idiots who want to micromanage your life, from those curly light bulbs, to credit card fees, tiny little electric cars, right up to your unavaible healthcare and the National Debt."

24 posted on 07/15/2011 9:13:51 AM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: upchuck
"67% Oppose Upcoming ‘Ban’ on Traditional Light Bulbs"

For the next election, I see a Pubbie slogan

"The Dems, the idiots who want to micromanage your life, from those curly light bulbs, to credit card fees, tiny little electric cars, right up to your unavaible healthcare and the National Debt."

25 posted on 07/15/2011 9:13:51 AM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: upchuck
"67% Oppose Upcoming ‘Ban’ on Traditional Light Bulbs"

For the next election, I see a Pubbie slogan

"The Dems, the idiots who want to micromanage your life, from those curly light bulbs, to credit card fees, tiny little electric cars, right up to your unavaible healthcare and the National Debt."

26 posted on 07/15/2011 9:13:59 AM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: I am Richard Brandon

Obviously, I see it a lot!


27 posted on 07/15/2011 9:15:07 AM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: MrB

Not buying it.

I have sources everywhere.

So why did you, clad in your recyclable seaweed Earth sandals, and low Earth-impact, hemp “Gaia First!” (complete with power fist graphic), T shirt, purchase pesticide-free, grey Tofu slabs and organically raised, free-range earthworms for your Sunday BBQ?


28 posted on 07/15/2011 9:15:10 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: EyeGuy

Shut up! You’ll blow my cover.


29 posted on 07/15/2011 9:19:28 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: lormand
The Founders must be rolling in their graves right now

They need to stop that, lest they upset a protected species of earth worms.

30 posted on 07/15/2011 9:19:56 AM PDT by Graybeard58
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31 posted on 07/15/2011 9:29:25 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: upchuck

SOMEONE PLEASE CONFIRM! . . . I have heard that the legislation merely requires a more efficient bulb, and thus, we are seeing the appearance for sale of (1) new 95-watt bulbs, and (2) new 75-watt bulbs that put out the light equivalent of current 100-watt bulbs. Therefore, since we can buy these, the new horrid, fluorescent curly bulbs are not necessary. TRUE? FALSE?


32 posted on 07/15/2011 9:36:47 AM PDT by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: MrChips

Philips is selling these at amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Philips-75-Watt-EcoVantage-Light-White/dp/B001FA07TI/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1310747633&sr=8-4


33 posted on 07/15/2011 9:50:23 AM PDT by PrincessB (Drill Baby Drill.)
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To: upchuck

The other 33% are in the dark on the subject.


34 posted on 07/15/2011 10:51:15 AM PDT by crosshairs (Peace through superior firepower.)
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To: I am Richard Brandon

And while I am thinking about it, how about licenses for kids’ lemonade stands.


35 posted on 07/15/2011 11:12:50 AM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: MrChips

IMHO, LED “light bulbs” will be/are the solution.

LEDs are still a little pricey, but getting cheaper. And the manufacturers are working like crazy to make one that gives off the same color temperature was incandescent bulbs.

LEDs have a life span of 100,000 hours. That’s 11 years!


36 posted on 07/15/2011 11:18:48 AM PDT by upchuck (Think you know hardship? Ha! Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: upchuck

I haven’t had the best of luck with the longevity of the LED’s. I had two of them in the bathroom, and neither lasted longer than 6 months. It is possible that the humidity killed them, however, that significantly limits their use and usefulness if so.

Perhaps they will get better in time.


37 posted on 07/15/2011 12:18:15 PM PDT by cyberstoic
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To: upchuck

GOP light bulb amendment likely to pass Friday after earlier defeat:

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/171635-gop-light-bulb-amendment-likely-to-pass-friday-after-earlier-defeat

Interesting article and comments, particularly one further down listing the scientific reasons why CFL’s are not as safe, efficient or economical as incandescent bulbs. (Some great points for the next time you argue with a Lib/Greenie :-)


38 posted on 07/15/2011 7:33:22 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: All

This was so good I wanted everyone to have it (sorry for the repeat, Upchuck) -

GOP light bulb amendment likely to pass Friday after earlier defeat:

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/171635-gop-light-bulb-amendment-likely-to-pass-friday-after-earlier-defeat

Interesting article and comments, particularly the letter by Joe Doakes to his congressman & BHO and the last one on the page by Karl, listing the scientific reasons why CFL’s are not as safe, efficient or economical as incandescent bulbs. (Some great points for the next time you argue with a Lib/Greenie :-)


39 posted on 07/15/2011 8:25:36 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: crosshairs

“The other 33% are in the dark on the subject.” - I have always thought it would take a ‘dim bulb’ to think the sky was falling.


40 posted on 07/17/2011 8:45:13 AM PDT by Wildbill22
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