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Congress suspends light bulb ban <B>FUNDING</b>--Update to original reports of law change
watts up with that? ^ | December 15, 2011 | Anthony Watts

Posted on 12/16/2011 9:58:09 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

UPDATE 2: 12/16/11 9AMPST It appears early reports were wrong, junkscience.com now reports that

The deal agreed to in Congress merely deprives the Department oF Energy the funds to enforce the ban for 2012. The ban is still on the books — so the DOE may very well get the money next year or the year after or who knows when.

 

Original post follows:

Blogging this from my cellphone.

Reports coming in from my sources say it was suspended tonight, more later.

UPDATE: from Politico -

The shutdown-averting budget bill will block federal light bulb efficiency standards, giving a win to House Republicans fighting the so-called ban on incandescent light bulbs.

GOP and Democratic sources tell POLITICO the final omnibus bill includes a rider defunding the Energy Department’s standards for traditional incandescent light bulbs to be 30 percent more energy efficient.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1211/70534.html#ixzz1gfZYp9MM

From The Hill -

Omnibus spending legislation greenlighted by House and Senate negotiators Thursday night blocks Energy Department light bulb efficiency standards that have come under fire from conservatives in recent months.

The legislation, which would avert a government shutdown, prevents funding from being used for the implementation of certain Energy Department light bulb standards. The standards would begin phasing in next year.

h/t to Steve Milloy at junkscience.com



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: energy; lightbulbs

1 posted on 12/16/2011 9:58:22 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: TigerLikesRooster; landsbaum; Signalman; NormsRevenge; steelyourfaith; Lancey Howard; ...

fyi


2 posted on 12/16/2011 9:59:58 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

So we can still buy 100-watt incandescent light bulbs on January 1. Question is, Who still makes 100-watt incandescent light bulbs? Nobody in the USA anymore.


3 posted on 12/16/2011 10:01:35 AM PST by kevao
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
giving a win to House Republicans

If this is a win I hate to see what a loss looks like. What a joke

4 posted on 12/16/2011 10:09:09 AM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: kevao
China vis Walmart will ssupply bubs I think.

Just saw this in the comments to the article...video of (I think ) debate in the House on the action .:

Light Bulb Ban Repealed In the House

5 posted on 12/16/2011 10:09:27 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: kevao
I believe there is a USA company still making them which I found on the web.

Frankly, I like the new bulbs but then I've used flourescent most of my life (drafting). Beats incandescent all to hell. Most people don't realize that school and work all had flourescent bulbs and you've been using it for years and never complained.

6 posted on 12/16/2011 10:20:03 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

When in school or at work, I don’t turn the lights on and off every time I enter or leave the room...


7 posted on 12/16/2011 10:23:34 AM PST by Mr Rogers ("they found themselves made strangers in their own country")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Why exactly do they mean by “deny funding”? If the law is still on the books and still says lightbulbs are illegal to sell as of a certain date, are manufacturers and sellers really going to take a chance on flouting the law even if no money is available to enforce it, fearing that someday it might be funded and the government would go after them for back fines and penalties?
8 posted on 12/16/2011 10:29:30 AM PST by apillar
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To: kevao
So we can still buy 100-watt incandescent light bulbs on January 1. Question is, Who still makes 100-watt incandescent light bulbs? Nobody in the USA anymore.

My bet. No 100 watt incandescent light bulbs at Home Depot or your local grocery store starting Jan 1 but plenty available at the local swap meets on Saturday. What a deal.

9 posted on 12/16/2011 10:30:14 AM PST by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Earlier threads:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2821166/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2821234/posts

The rejoicing is premature; suspended enforcement, ban not overturned.


10 posted on 12/16/2011 10:30:50 AM PST by CedarDave
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To: InterceptPoint

I have a detatched garage, and I use 100 watt bulbs to light it. If I had to use CFL’s in the dead of winter I could take the car out and be at the Ohio state line before they warmed up.


11 posted on 12/16/2011 10:34:15 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: InterceptPoint

Try bulbs.com.


12 posted on 12/16/2011 10:34:29 AM PST by dainbramaged (I lost my mantra around 1969.)
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To: kevao
So we can still buy 100-watt incandescent light bulbs on January 1. Question is, Who still makes 100-watt incandescent light bulbs? Nobody in the USA anymore.

They stopped making light bulbs in the USA months ago. They did not suspend the ban, merely took money out of the budget to fund enforcement for one year. The pernicious law is still in place. If Home Depot sells 10,000 bulbs on Jan. 1, 2012, they cannot be prosecuted until Jan. 1, 2013, during the second Obama adminstration, when Ron Paul and Donald Trump peal off enough votes to hand the House and Senate back to Democrats. Attorney General Eric Holder will be quite pleased to go after them for the maximum penalty for each and every bulb they ever sold.

The only ones selling 100 watt bulbs will be internet fly by night operators, who will be well outside U.S. jurisdiction in 2012.

13 posted on 12/16/2011 10:40:08 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: CedarDave
Thanks.

Another thred related to this....lots of discussion on it.:

LED-- lighting of the Future

14 posted on 12/16/2011 10:42:45 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

if LED lighting proves itself to be as good and reliable as incandescent at a lower cost, then it will supplant those bulbs, which will die a natural death like any other obsolete technology.

These policy wonks have NO confidence in the power of markets.


15 posted on 12/16/2011 11:09:39 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

it goes back to the Global Warming scam....and Green Energy movement to save the Earth.


16 posted on 12/16/2011 11:28:42 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Sacajaweau
...and you've been using it for years and never complained.

Yes I did. Fluorescent light has a tendency to make me feel nauseous and light-headed. One big reason I hated school. As an adult it's a major reason I avoid shopping malls.

17 posted on 12/16/2011 12:17:03 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

There’s a couple of reasons, and Gang Green is but one.
Global warming is the excuse they use, but of course, the communists are behind these assine laws because it advances control.

Leftists who need a reason to matter glom onto the “save the erf” movement because it makes them feel good about themselves.

There is a third reason that they are pushing for “energy efficiency”, even though lighting makes up about 3% of all electricity used. They don’t want to have to build new power plants or revamp the old ones, so they need to decrease demand.


18 posted on 12/16/2011 12:24:56 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Berlin_Freeper; Genesis defender; golux; proud_yank; Bockscar; ...
Thanx for the ping Ernest_at_the_Beach !

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

19 posted on 12/16/2011 12:44:19 PM PST by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

News reporting is a great example of how entropy operates 24/7. :)


20 posted on 12/16/2011 1:48:45 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Why would it cost anything to ban it?


21 posted on 12/16/2011 1:56:57 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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