Skip to comments.Congress overturns incandescent light bulb ban
Posted on 12/16/2011 5:30:52 AM PST by markomalley
Congressional negotiators struck a deal Thursday that overturns the new rules that were to have banned sales of traditional incandescent light bulbs beginning next year.
That agreement is tucked inside the massive 1,200-page spending bill that funds the government through the rest of this fiscal year, and which both houses of Congress will vote on Friday. Mr. Obama is expected to sign the bill, which heads off a looming government shutdown.
Congressional Republicans dropped almost all of the policy restrictions they tried to attach to the bill, but won inclusion of the light bulb provision, which prevents the Obama administration from carrying through a 2007 law that would have set energy efficiency standards that effectively made the traditional light bulb obsolete.
The bill doesnt actually amend the 2007 law, but does prohibit the administration from spending any money to carry out the light bulb standards which amounts to at least a temporary reprieve.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
It would have been so simple to just stick an "e verify" requirement into the Tax Code ~ that's where any employee who isn't passed by e-verify becomes one whose salary or wages are no longer a legitimate business expense for the employer.
Are they awake over in the House?
Reddy Kilowatt is relieved.
Home Depot stopped ordering 100 watt bulbs in October.
Who knows when G.E. stopped making them?
The bill doesnt actually amend the 2007 law,...
Why am I not surprised?
Well GOOD... I like having OPTIONS.....
I’m waiting until the ink is on the thing before I say thanks.
Now I have 12 years of 100 watts stored in my garage for no good reason! Grrrr....I hate government!
And I just stocked up on 100w and 50-100-150 watt bulbs.
Not a lot of them but several year’s worth.
Sounds like a market opportunity. Maybe we should pool our money and open a light bulb plant quick?
Sure there's a reason. Adam Smith's invisible hand put them there so that he can redistribute them to those who didn't stock up for a reduced price! (Ducking.)
I was up most of the night worrying that you wouldn't be able to find something. I will never underestimate you again...promise!
That means the cases of lightbulbs I have been stocking up with over the last couple years to sell on the black market when the ban goes into effect are now essentially worthless. Curse you Republicans for ruining my retirement plans!!!
GE was one of the big “pushers” of the Curly Fry Lightbulbs because they stood to make a lot of money on their sale.
Everyone should know that that $2 CFL that you buy is subsidized by another $25 of your own tax money.
I am well into replacing all my fluorescent lights with LED systems.
Not to worry.
Mexico will begin manufacturing light bulbs soon.
...and they'll explode when you switch them on.
I have several different plastic crates filled with a true variety of incandescent bulbs because I would rather go out in a hail of gunfire before buying the poisonous, Mercury loaded corkscrew bulbs.
This increasing use of kicking the can down the road by not making things permanent is disturbing.
The industry is probably already destroyed. Mission accomplished now time for the rats to scurry for cover.
Why make and sell cheap incandescents for a buck when you can sell mercury-poisoned fluorescent for $4.50?
I would not be surprised if GE was BEHIND this in the first place. Everyone was making the cheap bulbs. Very few (like GE) can make the new ones.
It's kind of like Freon (CFC’s)
You make the single best coolant in the world, and the patent is about to expire, so everyone can start making it. This would cost you BILLIONS in profits... so you spend a few millions on ‘green’ environment wacko causes to get your own product banned- and oh look! we make a substitute.
Never mind that the substitute is much more caustic, far more damaging to the ‘environment’, and far less efficient (remember when you used to be able to make ice cubes in your car's air conditioning? - not any more)
Unfortunately, I think like a Jerseyean, lol!
I guess the reporter doesn’t understand the meaning of the term “overturn”. Not surprising either.
Ditto...and I’m still getting my shipments. I must have 50 years of bulbs stored even though I probably won’t last another 30. I was counting on this investment to help fund my retirement.
Ban the hated, reviled and toxic fluorescent bulb!
In a twisted sort of way, I was hoping the ban would become reality.
The average big government voter would be confronted with a reminder of his own stupidity - on a regular basis.
Yep and both fomented by liberal, unscientific lies.
I have a 10 year supply of 100 watt bulbs stashed in my basement.
We did that with a recent minor kitchen renovation. The LED fixtures and bulbs were expensive, but they give off great, natural-looking light, and should last a long time.
I also have some applications that I will only use incandescent bulbs....so I do have a bit of a stock of these...
So many similarities.
I wonder how many others out there have done the same thing? I know my mother is all stocked up. My husband discouraged me from hoarding but NOOOOOOOOOO - I wouldn’t listen to him!
Where did you find that pix of me??!!
All is not lost for you. There is a bright side [pun intended ;-)]. With all the bulbs you now have you've beat inflation. Even with 100 watt bulbs staying on the shelves you know that prices will still keep going up on them. But not for you.
It's like the 'Forever Stamps' the Post Office started selling when they were $0.37 each, I bought 300 of them. With the minimal amount of mailing I do -- not even one a month now -- they should last me 'forever' also. Heck, I don't even know what a 1st Class Stamp costs today, nor do I care as I'm set.
So just look at it from a cost savings stand point :-)
I rather enjoyed it when the gals at the cash registers would say "Did you know we can't sell these after the first of the year?"
I'd just smile and say "Thank Nancy Pelosi. That's the kind of dumb sh!t that happens when you elect Democrats ".
We have a small table lamp in our foyer that I put an LED light in over 5 years ago. The lamp has only been off when the power has gone off. LED is definitely the long term solution to lighting. Hopefully the prices start coming down.
the electrician when I got my new kitchen insisted that Halogen bulbs were the way to go for the high hats.
what a load of crap....they bring the temperature of the kitchen up to about 90°F in the dead of winter(forget about the summer) and when the lights were on I couldn’t read the numbers on the electric meter as the darn thing spins too fast....
I replaced them with compact florescent spot lights...
Mexico always makes them that’s where they come from. Obozo will just have the them banned by regulation.
Thank you for that bit of cheering-up. I was beginning to feel like a real dupe (or dope?) for buying those damn bulbs. At least they will go to use - unlike most of my “forever” stamps!
I have to look at this positively. I now won’t have to buy 100-watt bulbs for the rest of my life.
Mr. Muckle should have been in Congress!
Oh no! I guess this means my investment in 200 100W light bulbs will not give me a good ROE!
“Im waiting until the ink is on the thing before I say thanks.”
1,200 pages. Then you have to read it to find out what’s in it.
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