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Congress overturns incandescent light bulb ban
The Washington Times ^ | December 16, 2011 | Stephen Dinan

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 doesn’t 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 ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: 112th; bho44; envirowhackos; lightbulb; lightbulbs; nannystate; planetgore
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1 posted on 12/16/2011 5:30:55 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Thank God.


2 posted on 12/16/2011 5:32:42 AM PST by hershey
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To: markomalley
So, 200 lightbulbs are saved and we lost the battle against illegal immigration.

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?

3 posted on 12/16/2011 5:33:56 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: markomalley

Reddy Kilowatt is relieved.


4 posted on 12/16/2011 5:33:59 AM PST by sand lake bar (You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.)
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To: markomalley

Day late!

Home Depot stopped ordering 100 watt bulbs in October.
Who knows when G.E. stopped making them?


5 posted on 12/16/2011 5:34:33 AM PST by G Larry ("I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his Character.")
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To: markomalley

The bill doesn’t actually amend the 2007 law,...


Why am I not surprised?


6 posted on 12/16/2011 5:34:43 AM PST by ecomcon
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To: markomalley

Well GOOD... I like having OPTIONS.....


7 posted on 12/16/2011 5:36:43 AM PST by Lazamataz (That's all.)
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To: hershey

I’m waiting until the ink is on the thing before I say thanks.


8 posted on 12/16/2011 5:36:47 AM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: G Larry

Now I have 12 years of 100 watts stored in my garage for no good reason! Grrrr....I hate government!


9 posted on 12/16/2011 5:37:47 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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To: markomalley

And I just stocked up on 100w and 50-100-150 watt bulbs.
Not a lot of them but several year’s worth.


10 posted on 12/16/2011 5:38:38 AM PST by Vinnie
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To: G Larry

Sounds like a market opportunity. Maybe we should pool our money and open a light bulb plant quick?


11 posted on 12/16/2011 5:39:42 AM PST by vg0va3 (I don't plan to quit the fight until it is finally over. Although, I am getting tired...)
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To: miss marmelstein
Now I have 12 years of 100 watts stored in my garage for no good reason! Grrrr....I hate government!

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.)

12 posted on 12/16/2011 5:39:45 AM PST by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: muawiyah
Well, great! I am so relieved that you could find something to bitch about!

I was up most of the night worrying that you wouldn't be able to find something. I will never underestimate you again...promise!

13 posted on 12/16/2011 5:41:18 AM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: markomalley
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

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!!!

14 posted on 12/16/2011 5:42:31 AM PST by apillar
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To: G Larry

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.


15 posted on 12/16/2011 5:42:41 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: markomalley

16 posted on 12/16/2011 5:43:20 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Redleg Duke

I am well into replacing all my fluorescent lights with LED systems.


17 posted on 12/16/2011 5:43:30 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: G Larry
Who knows when G.E. stopped making them?

Not to worry.

Mexico will begin manufacturing light bulbs soon.

...and they'll explode when you switch them on.

18 posted on 12/16/2011 5:44:19 AM PST by LoveUSA (God employs Man's strength; Satan exploits Man's weakness.)
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To: miss marmelstein
Now I have 12 years of 100 watts stored in my garage ...
C'mon, you're a "New Yawker." Think ...

19 posted on 12/16/2011 5:45:51 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: miss marmelstein
Me too, hahahaha!

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.

20 posted on 12/16/2011 5:47:08 AM PST by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them.)
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To: markomalley

This increasing use of kicking the can down the road by not making things permanent is disturbing.


21 posted on 12/16/2011 5:47:17 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: hershey

The industry is probably already destroyed. Mission accomplished now time for the rats to scurry for cover.


22 posted on 12/16/2011 5:47:40 AM PST by DManA
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To: G Larry
Why would GE care?

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)

23 posted on 12/16/2011 5:48:02 AM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: muawiyah
So, 200 lightbulbs are saved and we lost the battle against illegal immigration.
What about the enviro-whacko toilets you have to flush five times?
Could have added them into the bill too.
24 posted on 12/16/2011 5:48:30 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: oh8eleven

Unfortunately, I think like a Jerseyean, lol!


25 posted on 12/16/2011 5:48:38 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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To: ecomcon

I guess the reporter doesn’t understand the meaning of the term “overturn”. Not surprising either.


26 posted on 12/16/2011 5:49:35 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: miss marmelstein

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.


27 posted on 12/16/2011 5:50:32 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: muawiyah
I am well into replacing all my fluorescent lights with LED systems.

Ban the hated, reviled and toxic fluorescent bulb!

28 posted on 12/16/2011 5:51:05 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER ( Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: markomalley
Suzie Homemaker Ovens rejoice.


29 posted on 12/16/2011 5:52:24 AM PST by N. Theknow (Obama - 5 letters; loser - 5 letters; poser - 5 letters; cheat - 5 letters; idiot - 5 letters)
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To: markomalley

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.


30 posted on 12/16/2011 5:53:39 AM PST by labette ( Humble student of Thinkology)
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To: Mr. K

Yep and both fomented by liberal, unscientific lies.


31 posted on 12/16/2011 5:53:48 AM PST by G Larry ("I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his Character.")
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To: muawiyah
O(*^^$()*_J*(*&V^^)*+!

I have a 10 year supply of 100 watt bulbs stashed in my basement.

32 posted on 12/16/2011 5:53:48 AM PST by pabianice (")
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To: muawiyah
“I am well into replacing all my fluorescent lights with LED systems.”

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.

33 posted on 12/16/2011 5:56:00 AM PST by riverdawg
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To: markomalley
I like the squiggly bulbs...I get em cheap on sale and they do save me money on electricity...plus beside my guns, my hundreds of pounds of lead, many lbs of various gunpowders and my viles of mercury, I now have another dangerous source of mercury....cool.

I also have some applications that I will only use incandescent bulbs....so I do have a bit of a stock of these...

A German entrepreneur has found a way to get around a European Union ban on bright, incandescent light bulbs. He's selling them as mini-heaters, whose side-effect happens to produce light

34 posted on 12/16/2011 5:56:24 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Vaquero

So many similarities.


35 posted on 12/16/2011 5:56:27 AM PST by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: miss marmelstein
This is Jerseyean style (no tables allowed on PATH) ...

36 posted on 12/16/2011 5:56:38 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

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!


37 posted on 12/16/2011 5:56:52 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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To: oh8eleven

Where did you find that pix of me??!!


38 posted on 12/16/2011 5:57:40 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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To: pabianice

39 posted on 12/16/2011 5:59:33 AM PST by joethedrummer
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To: miss marmelstein
*** Now I have 12 years of 100 watts stored in my garage for no good reason! Grrrr....I hate government! ***

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 :-)

40 posted on 12/16/2011 5:59:42 AM PST by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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To: labette
The average big government voter would be confronted with a reminder of his own stupidity - on a regular basis.

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 ".

41 posted on 12/16/2011 6:00:50 AM PST by digger48
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To: riverdawg
The LED fixtures and bulbs were expensive, but they give off great, natural-looking light, and should last a long time.

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.

42 posted on 12/16/2011 6:01:52 AM PST by IamConservative ("The ability to speak eloquently is not to be confused with having something to say." - MP Hart)
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To: riverdawg

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...


43 posted on 12/16/2011 6:02:45 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: G Larry

Mexico always makes them that’s where they come from. Obozo will just have the them banned by regulation.


44 posted on 12/16/2011 6:03:17 AM PST by boomop1 (term limits is the only way to save this country.)
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To: Condor51

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!


45 posted on 12/16/2011 6:04:17 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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To: markomalley

I have to look at this positively. I now won’t have to buy 100-watt bulbs for the rest of my life.


46 posted on 12/16/2011 6:05:06 AM PST by OldPossum
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To: joethedrummer

Mr. Muckle should have been in Congress!


47 posted on 12/16/2011 6:06:46 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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To: markomalley

Oh no! I guess this means my investment in 200 100W light bulbs will not give me a good ROE!


48 posted on 12/16/2011 6:06:46 AM PST by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: joethedrummer
mr muckle the blind man!!!...

It’s a Gift

49 posted on 12/16/2011 6:07:43 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: MestaMachine

“I’m 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.


50 posted on 12/16/2011 6:08:05 AM PST by ngat
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