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

Posted on 12/16/2011 11:08:18 AM PST by ShadowAce

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.

Stopping the bulb ban was a chief GOP priority coming into this year, with all of the candidates seeking to become chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee saying they would push through a repeal. That bill cleared the House but Democrats blocked its consideration in the Senate.

House Republicans then insisted on adding a provision into the year-end spending bill, and it was one of the last major sticking-points in the negotiations.

The spending 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.

The spending bill is full of similar provisions that are included year after year to restrict what administrations can do.

At $915 billion in discretionary spending, the bill amounts to $750.6 million per page, and funds the vast majority of government operations, from defense to homeland security to federal parks. Since it is a must-pass bill, it also becomes a major battleground for policy fights such as the light bulbs.

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: 112th; bhoenergy; cfl; cflbulbs; envirowhackos; greens; lightbulb; lightbulbs; mercury; nannystate

1 posted on 12/16/2011 11:08:25 AM PST by ShadowAce
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To: ShadowAce

Well, wadda ya know....something good has been accomplished this year.


2 posted on 12/16/2011 11:10:48 AM PST 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: ShadowAce

I’ll wait till the bill is signed before I do the Snoopy “happy dance.”

Now what am I gonna do with the garage filled with soon-to-be black market edisons I stocked up on. I even had my overcoat customized.

“Hey, wanna buy a...”


3 posted on 12/16/2011 11:11:31 AM PST by sinanju
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To: ShadowAce

Watt a bright idea!........................

4 posted on 12/16/2011 11:11:48 AM PST by Red Badger (Every child should have a meadow to play in..............)
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To: ShadowAce

On the other hand. Light Bulb Futures just went into the toilet ;-)


5 posted on 12/16/2011 11:13:17 AM PST by bigbob
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To: Puppage

They did not repeal the law, they just “suspended” it.

Meaningless.


6 posted on 12/16/2011 11:13:58 AM PST by Jim Noble (To live peacefully with credit-based consumption and fiat money, men would have to be angels.)
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To: ShadowAce

A glimmer of hope that just a little sanity remains in D.C.


7 posted on 12/16/2011 11:17:04 AM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: ShadowAce

Too late to save domestic production, but at least we are spared the dull, dingy emanations of the overpriced worm lights.


8 posted on 12/16/2011 11:17:14 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: ShadowAce

” Congress overturns incandescent light bulb ban “

Surprisingly bad headline writing on the part of the WATIMES - even contradicted later in their article —

“The spending bill doesn’t actually amend the 2007 law, but does prohibit the administration from spending any money to carry out the light bulb standards”

The ban on real lightbulbs remains the law of the land - just not enforced.. For now....


9 posted on 12/16/2011 11:17:46 AM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Jim Noble
Meaningless.

Is anyone even making incandescent light bulbs anymore? Maybe the Russians...

10 posted on 12/16/2011 11:19:27 AM PST by Drew68
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To: ShadowAce

I just cleaned out the local market’s supply of incadescents. 2 packs of 4 bulbs for 75 cents. I guess the market didn’t want to be stuck with a pile of bulbs it could not legally sell.


11 posted on 12/16/2011 11:24:39 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: ShadowAce
Thank God all those nasty light bulb manufacturing jobs have been eliminated.

Now we can get them from China.

12 posted on 12/16/2011 11:29:26 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (FOREIGN AID: A transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries)
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To: ShadowAce

They did not win a repeal of the measure...they only temporarily defunded enforcement.

Whoooppie! Meanwhile our tax dollars will be spent overseas supporting abortion. So glad to see republicans take a stand!
/s


13 posted on 12/16/2011 11:46:57 AM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: fatnotlazy

Walmart probably had 32 one hundred watt bulbs left over across the country so they paid their lobbyist to push for a suspension until the all 32 were sold.


14 posted on 12/16/2011 11:47:33 AM PST by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: ShadowAce
>>Congressional Republicans dropped almost all of the policy restrictions they tried to attach to the bill

Wonderful. Just the bunch of hard-hitting Pubbies we need for 2012. /S

15 posted on 12/16/2011 11:48:27 AM PST by pabianice (")
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To: Jim Noble

Yup and since the ban has been coming for a while, the producers have long stopped producing.


16 posted on 12/16/2011 11:53:26 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: ShadowAce

They can take the entire Federal bureaucracy and stick it where the incandescents don’t shine.


17 posted on 12/16/2011 12:03:37 PM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: Drew68
Is anyone even making incandescent light bulbs anymore? Maybe the Russians...

Close... it is a country south of them... where we are getting most things.

18 posted on 12/16/2011 12:49:34 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12... Don't complain if 0 shreds the constitution!!!)
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To: sinanju

“Now what am I gonna do with the garage filled with soon-to-be black market edisons I stocked up on”

LOL-—my first thought, too.


19 posted on 12/16/2011 1:03:09 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: ShadowAce

Great.
I have been hoarding incadincadoo buolbs for 2 years, planning on the black market that was to come.

Now what am I going to do with a garage full of regular price incadincadoo bulbs?

Phht! Gov! Who needs them?


20 posted on 12/16/2011 3:46:00 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ShadowAce

Great.
I have been hoarding incadincadoo bulbs for 2 years, planning on the black market that was to come.

Now what am I going to do with a garage full of regular price incadincadoo bulbs?

Phht! Gov! Who needs them?


21 posted on 12/16/2011 3:46:15 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ShadowAce

“Among the other policy riders attached to the bill is a requirement that all new federal employees be run through E-Verify, the voluntary government system for checking to see if employees are authorized to work in the U.S.”

Oooooh...that’s going to tick off Governor Perry. He’s not into this ‘enforcement’ stuff.


22 posted on 12/16/2011 8:29:49 PM PST by BobL ("Heartless" and "Inhumane" FReepers for Cain - we've HAD ENOUGH)
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To: sinanju; SunkenCiv; Just A Nobody; theothercheek; bamahead; ml/nj; ExTexasRedhead; ...
Now what am I going to do with the garage filled with soon to be black market edisons [sic] I stocked up on...

Keep them or sell them or give them to friends. I don't know of any limit on their shelf life, provided they are kept at moderate temperature.

You never know when a wacked out, tyrannical, leftist administration and Congress may try to ban them again. And I wouldn't rule out the possibility of bans on the state or local level either.

23 posted on 12/17/2011 9:40:53 AM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93

Plus, as several replies have already noted, this whole business has made the light bulb manufacturing business pretty iffy.

Factories have been shut down. And nobody knows what stupid regulations may be coming down the line. And no doubt Obama’s chief business adviser, the CEO of GE, will step in and start manufacturing them in China.

At least the bulbs that Freepers have stored in their garages were made in America. And maybe some day we’ll get back to that.

As it happens, I use all compact flourescent bulbs in our house, and have for some time, because it saves a lot of money. But it should be my choice, not a government mandate.


24 posted on 12/17/2011 10:16:55 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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