Skip to comments.Bachmann to Democrats: Don't tell Americans what light bulbs to buy
Posted on 03/02/2011 8:35:27 PM PST by pissant
Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann on Tuesday reintroduced the "Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act," a bill to repeal a 2007 law mandating that incandescent light bulbs be phased out.
"The government has no business telling an individual what kind of light bulb to buy," she said in a news release Wednesday. "In 2007, Congress overstepped its bounds by mandating that only 'energy efficient' light bulbs may be sold after January 1, 2012. This mandate has sweeping effects on American families and businesses and needs serious consideration before taking effect."
Bachmann says the mandate should only stay in place is (1) there is proof that alternate bulbs save consumers money, (2) there is proof that alternate bulbs significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions and (3) that it's shown that alternate bulbs "would not lead to a health risk for consumers, particularly those in hospitals, schools, day care centers and nursing homes."
The bill isn't the first "nanny state" critique to come from Bachmann, who said with regard to the IRS making breast pumps eligible for tax breaks: "To think that government has to go out and buy my breast pump - you want to talk about nanny state, I think we just got a new definition."
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Those crappy new bulbs can’t heat my niece’s Easy Bake Oven! That alone is reason enough to keep them on the shelves...
And she’s hot.....
She is FIERCE!!!!!!!!!
She is brilliant and a very intelligent tax attorney. We could use that!
And , btw those lightbulbs have mercury in them. They are unsafe.
or the Dems lecturing me that I have to buy Obamacare. F Dems and their stupid crap.
Tis the truth
Barry’s Government Electric (GE) isn’t going to like this.
Fluorescent bulbs for incandescent replacement contain mercury. That’s not very “green”.
Bravo, and hurry up and pass this. I was just about to start serious hoarding/stockpiling efforts. If I don’t need to, that would be nice.
I HATE HATE HATE the new bulbs. They don’t light up ANYTHING! useless! And I don’t care if it costs me a little more in energy costs to actually SEE!
This alone will get everyone's vote.
I want freaking toilets that work back too!!!
Let me get this straight. Bachman thinks that if the squiggly bulbs save us money, reduce CO2 emissions (as if that matters), and don’t lead to health risks, the ban on regular bulbs can stay?!? What the hell...
GE has already shut down its light bulb operation.
Thats how I read it.
If some scientific panel bothered to do the research, they might stand a fair chance of proving what Bachmann says she wants to see proved, though the effect on CO2 would be weaker than naively calculated. A bigger concern is properly recycling these little buggers. They may never break in use even to the point of completely burning out, but hauling a big bag of them to a “designated recycling point” without breaking at least one is a challenge.
I think the key word is PROOF.
Brains, conservative, a gun lover and HOT! What else could you ask for?
Right. This is pure and simple lobbying by GE to sell CFL bulbs because they have a higher profit margin than incandescent.
And while we’re at it, how about giving us our analog TV back?
And of course, this was passed and signed into law in 2007 when....oh yah, that's right the dumb ass panderer-in-chief GW Bush signed this POS legislation into law. GW Bush never had an unkind word to say about demoRATs or muzzlims or illegals, but he sure loved to publicly criticize & villify conservatives. GW Bush...the RINO dumb ass who keeps on giving!
I hope Michelle is successful in getting this reversed as well as any other intrusive nanny gubmint mandates. We gotta take our country back from the socialist rat bastard commie pig demoRATs & RINOs!
Restraint of trade, it’s a conspiracy I tell ya.
Yes, I like Michele B. too.
Infact, Palin/Bachmann 2012 wouldn’t be half bad.
Let the womins do it.
And ask anyone that won’t vote for this if they would allow their children to play in a windowless, finished basement where one of these bulbs broke.
Notice how there is very minimum noise from both left and right (besides Bachmann)?
As a previous poster said:
CFL = 400%+ profit margin
Incandescent = “non green” low margin high velocity dependent item
So now the companies producing CFL’s can make more money and advertise about how green they are in the process!
And the kicker for all the conspiracy people out there, notice how there is nothing about businesses requiring the use of CFLs? Next time you go to your local mall, take a look at the number of CFLs in each retail store (not the general mall area). I bet you can go through the whole mall and count less than 10 CFLs.
Our government, bought and paid for.
I keep thinking the simple light bulb is the perfect symbol for the 2012 elections. It symbolizes inventiveness, good ideas, government intrusion into private lives, torch of freedom, etc. etc.
Next I want to see the Full Flush Toilet Restoration Act, the Inhalers With CFCs Restoration Act, the Washing Machines That Use Enough Water to Get Clothes Clean Without Beating Them to Death Restoration Act, the Dishwasher Detergent With Phospates Restoration Act, the Drill for Oil and Gas Wherever the Heck it is Economically Feasible to Do So Restoration Act, and the Only Gasoline Without Ethanol Will Be Sold Restoration Act.
God Bless her. I hope this issue gets changed.
Where is common sense? The new bulbs are full of mercury and they are crap.
(4)There is no need for three pages of small print from the EPA detailing the procedures you must follow should you accidentally break a bulb.
Great. Who determines what constitutes "proof"? And why would it be OK to keep the ban even if such "proof" were real?
I think she’s making it too complicated. How ‘bout:
The ban on the manufacturing, selling and using incandescent light bulbs is hereby rescinded.
BUMP! to Pining_4_TX for #27. Now we’re talking!
I love Michelle too, but she really stepped in it on this one. The standards she spelled out cannot be allowed to justify the federal government banning something. Even if a more efficient technology is invented and it produces less emissions, it is not the federal government’s place to ban the older product or force people to buy the newer one. Any such legislation should be the prerogative of the states, if they want to spend their time and taxpayers’ money on it. Where is this power enumerated for the federal government?
1+ on ALL that.
I hope Michelle is reading your post!
Give me real lights and let the dimlights in Washington DC get eye strain.
And florescent light has some serious health risks.
“hauling a big bag of them to a designated recycling point without breaking at least one is a challenge.”
Oh, aren’t you the worrier! Don’t be concerned. Our leaders will fix that... with heavy fines and jail time if you break one.
There, now don’t you feel better?
And bring back freon for air conditioners!
You have my vote!
Give examples; I missed that. You preferred Kerry?
Some people around here are worse than Obama for blaming Bush for all the world's ills.
It seems every headline I click to read there is always one that insinuate themselves on the thread to excoriate President Bush. Might as well go read the news on DU, there is less BDS over there these days.
Speaking of ovens:
How about the light bulb that is over my stove?
If one of the CFL bulbs break & scatter mercury all over my stove— do I need a hazmat cleanup & a replacement for my whole stove????
This whole thing is just plain nuts.
I love your list!!
You are correct on all counts.
For those of us who live on septic tanks, we flush twice automatically.
Though no curly fry bulbs could meet those criteria,
she should have stuck to the point -
the federal gov’t has no authority to tell us what light bulbs to buy. Period.
Yes, that, too!
I keep thinking of more, like the End All Subsidies for Bogus Sources of Energy Act, and the Repeal Regulations That Make Things More Expensive for No Blasted Reason Act.
I’m sure we Freepers could generate a magnificent list to present to the nut-jobs at the EPA.
“Address our grievances, you tyrants!” ;-)
Amen to that.
Let’s do it!
Jim DeMint, with another senator, also has a bill to allow us to choose our own lightbulbs.