Skip to comments.Congress bans incandescent bulbs
Posted on 12/19/2007 5:40:50 PM PST by kc8ukw
In addition to raising auto fuel efficiency standards 40 percent, an energy bill passed by Congress yesterday bans the incandescent light bulb by 2014.
President Bush signed the 822-page measure into law today after it was sent up Pennsylvania Avenue in a Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle. The House passed the bill by a 314-100 vote after approval by the Senate last week.
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Obviously the light bulbs didn’t go on in the minds of those who voted for this bill.
Do you suppose the U.S. Customs Agents will be authorized to put us in jail for bringing incadescent light bulbs into the U.S.??
Come on guys, let's boil them in their own oil!
Driven to the President in a Japanese car? Now that’s pathetic. We couldn’t use a hybrid of our own?
Follow the money.
Bugs bunny, eat your heart out.
Hell, I’m smart enough and I’m a flake. Everybody get a note from their doc diagnosed with Seasonal Affectation Disorder, boom, there’s your exemption.
Go ahead and defend this President to the bitter end if you wish.
I won't, and I voted for him TWICE.
Not voting would have been better.
You think any living or dead person has? 822 pages!
Are you serious?! This just pisses me off big time. Why the heck did Bush sign this? Why did the supposive R’s vote for this horse hooey! This actually pisses me off as much as the illegal alien issue. These whackers every last one of them need to go. I’m pissed and tired of being controlled in this manner! What is this CHINA?
That could work!!!
Too be fair, Bush signed it. He just wants to make his base sign him off completely. His legacy will be the President with the lowest approval rating in USA history. I am ashamed that, as of the last few years, he doesn't even disappoint me any longer; I almost expect him to make bad moves.
I doubt it, as GE also sells incandescent Reveal light bulbs, which I have been stocking up on.
“Don’t worry folks. Congress is smarter than you. They know best.”
When is the last time Congress actually did anything to help the nation? I mean to really make things easier and improve the lives of ALL Americans not just special interest groups?
Congress just banned the lights on our Christmas tree!
The people who voted for this bill should be committed to insane asylums.
I would like the 315 wizards who supported this insanity to list all of the applications of the incadescent bulb that they just outlawed in 7 years! Morons??????
What isn’t prohibited is mandatory.
“What is this CHINA?”
In China they are afraid of a revolution, so they listen to the people. Our masters have lost their fear.
They're already in an insane asylum. It's called the U.S. Government.
Actually, you'll probably be able to get some kind of LED bulbs for your fixture, which may look more like a candle flame than the bulbs you're now using.
Still, I hate the light from fluorescent bulbs, and I am wary of the poisons they may contain.
Exactly. This would not have passed a Republican Congress.
Someone needs to set up a web site that is a lifetime bulb supply calculator like the BMI Calculators. You type in your age, expected life expectancy, number of light bulbs you have, and it tells you how many you need to last the rest of your life.
once upon a time we thought GWBush could have rivaled Reagan.
Now, he rivals clinton and carter.
I have apparently wasted at least the last decade by not looking for a place to live where one could drink, smoke, run with scissors, not wear a seatbelt, play poker and own lightbulbs among a thousand other formerly innocuous, simple pleasures.
I don't know why yours are not lasting that long. I have some that have lasted a really long time in a light light fixture that is on at least 8 hours a day. I can't tell you exactly how long but if it wasn't a lot longer than the incandescent ones I wouldn't bother. The one fixture in question has 5 bulbs in it. That is 5 60 bulbs I used to use to 5 14 watt ones now. 300 watts to 70 watts. Plus I don't have to change them as much in that fixture. But for the rest of my house I use the old bulbs since they are not on as much.
But I have to say this is a stupid law by congress. They didn't have to ban these bulbs to get people to use them. All they had to do is let you write them off and they would have gotten a lot of people to switch on their own. But they will lose money doing that from the write off. Now with a ban coming they will get more tax dollars since these bulbs cost more. Funny how that works. You don't think they thought about that before they did this law do you? ;)
who wants to put a mercury laden light bulb into their oven? Are appliance light bulbs with mercury heat resistant to 500 degrees farenheit? Will the mercury need to be professionally cleaned up when the bulb implodes due to excessive heat?
Well, when you think about the new toilets that don’t flush anything with one flush and that plug every time someone poops . . .
I love how efficient Congress is. I wonder if they evaluated how much it will cost to replace all the lightbulbs in government buildings in DC.
In a rational world, this law would be unconstitutional. Amendments 9 & 10.
Thank God Hunter and Tancredo voted against this POS.
Roll call vote here.
The next thing they will do is ban Christmas - not just the bulbs for the tree.
Start stocking up! Get some boxes and packing peanuts and start stocking up. Ebay is calling!
Fine with me. That might cause the sheep to focus on the problem without distractions; but I doubt it.
I hate those things.
I've even seen them spit small particles of the bowl's contents as much as 5 feet across the bathroom.
I'd like to stick the head of the genius who designed it into the damn bowl.
And how about water saving shower heads, which take forever to rinse the soap out of your hair.
Going back to whale oil, are they?
Kind of like those low flow, energy saving toilets. They clean out just fine ... after two or three flushes.
Open zee door. Vee are come to inspect your bulbs, comrade!
How much energy will be saved if you have to wash the clothes twice???
GE must have paid good money for this one.
‘Bring the bulb back’ will be a great catch phrase for campaigning.
Twice as much, of course! ;-)
And lo and behold, the vast majority of fluorescent lights come from China. GE partnered with a PLA ‘company’ to build them there, and is shuttering multiple bulb plants in the good old USA:
GE to Ohio: Turn off your light-bulb factories
Environmentalists often tout the theory that investing in forward-looking energy-efficient technologies is a smart way for U.S. companies to create domestic jobs and carve out a competitive niche in the global economy of the future. But it doesn’t necessarily have to work out that way. On Thursday, General Electric, citing the fact that sales of incandescent bulbs are declining by about 10 percent a year, announced that it was closing seven lighting manufacturing facilities in North and South America.
Six of those plants are in Ohio. The vast majority of the compact fluorescent light bulbs that are replacing incandescents are manufactured in China. A union-led campaign launched in March argues that GE should invest in new lighting technologies in the United States, but GE claims that to manufacture CFLs in the U.S. would require adding 50 cents to the price of each bulb.
Guiliani....Bulb police will be sent forth to enforce the ban.
Romney....Already heavily invested in Chinese florescent bulb factories.
Huckabee....Has a program to provide free florescent bulbs to illegal aliens.
Thompson....Let the states ban the bulbs if they want to
Hillary....Wants law to force you to install florescent bulbs in all your neighbor's homes.
Obama....Florescent bulbs limited to 3 watts.
Very good point.
Add to the fact that all these energy saving creations are usually infinitely more complex than the devices they replace.
The more complicated they make these devices, the more frustrating it becomes to fix them when they break--indeed, we are becoming more and more a disposable society: cheaper to buy new gadgets then to fix the old one.
This is especially true when it comes to cars, which are as far as I'm concerned, are already way too darn complicated.
Now they're talking about adding features like turning the engine off at stoplights and turning off some of the cylinders when cruising along at a steady high speed.
Egads. What even bigger mechanical monstrosities cars of the near-future will be.
Hold out the cost of a new light fixture that can take some sort of florescent bulbs without looking crappy from your income taxes (as a deduction for the cost of compliance).
The insanity has gone completely off the scale.
Will the last real American Patriot to leave turn the lights off...
So people have to buy expensive fluorescent bulbs for closets that are opened for 30 minutes a year, where an incandescent bulb will last for 50 years.
There are LED replacement bulbs for the incandescents that work perfectly well and are on the market now. My wife and daughter saw them on sale today.
You had better check your numbers - the bill passed with a BUNCH of Republican support...