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Republicans Seek Repeal of Incandescent Bulb Ban
New American ^ | February 21, 2011 | Daniel Sayani

Posted on 03/08/2011 10:38:57 AM PST by CedarDave

Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) has announced that he plans to introduce legislation to reverse the ban on incandescent light bulbs which is scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2014. The ban was included in a comprehensive energy bill that President George W. Bush signed into law in 2007 as an amendment, and was intended as a means of saving energy and limiting pollution.

Senator Enzi’s repeal legislation, the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act (BULB), S. 395, has 27 co-sponsors, including Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), the latter of whose office issued the following statement on the legislation:

The ban was intended to save on electricity costs and limit pollution by replacing traditional incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs).

However, CFLs are more expensive, many contain mercury which can be harmful even in the smallest amounts, and most are manufactured overseas in places like China. In September 2010, the last major GE manufacturing plant for incandescent light bulbs in the U.S. closed in Winchester, Virginia and 200 jobs were lost.

A similar bill, H.R. 91, was also introduced in the House by Representative Joe Barton (R-Texas), along with Reps. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and 12 other Republicans.

Under the provisions of the legislation, the phase-out of incandescent light is to begin with the 100-watt bulb in 2012 and end in 2014 with the 40-watt. All light bulbs must use 25 percent to 30 percent less 2014. By 2020, bulbs must be 70 percent more efficient than they are today.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; US: Wyoming
KEYWORDS: 112th; cfl; cfls; electricity; energy; florescentbulb; incandescentbulb; lightbulbs; nannystate
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To: TribalPrincess2U
What do you do with them when they go out? Standard procedure is to place them in a paper bag. The paper bag is then placed on the doorstep of your Congresscritter and lit on fire. Lastly, you are supposed to ring said Congresscritter's doorbell and run like he11.
41 posted on 03/09/2011 10:14:27 AM PST by PENANCE
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To: Sloth
All these reasons are utterly irrelevant. ... this is a matter of freedom versus tyranny _______________________________________________________________ Thank you, Sloth. You read my mind.
42 posted on 03/09/2011 10:20:17 AM PST by PENANCE
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To: CedarDave

While we’re at it, can the Repubs also repeal the ban on real-flush toilets?


43 posted on 03/09/2011 10:33:48 AM PST by eCSMaster (2012 - End of an error)
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To: CedarDave

“Better Use of Light Bulbs Act (BULB)”

Cute.

But I’d support a Constitutional Amendment to prohibit naming legislation with anything other than the originating chamber and/or the principal sponsors, like the Smith/Jones Act, or S-1234.

Democrats always seem to name their bills something like “the peace and prosperity for all act” or “the children’s health improvement act” or some such crap.

Generally, the bills never do what the name implies anyway.


44 posted on 03/09/2011 10:39:55 AM PST by eCSMaster (2012 - End of an error)
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To: CedarDave
introduce legislation to reverse the ban on incandescent light bulbs

Good. The poison, mercury bulbs are terrible to read by. I have to turn on an old light if I want to see anything.
BTW, if Oboma expects me to go out of my way to "properly dispose" of one of those darn things, he'd better think again. Those mercury bulbs weren't my idea. They're going into the trash bag like everything else. Let him worry about the clean up later.

45 posted on 03/09/2011 10:44:49 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: PENANCE
Standard procedure is to place them in a paper bag. The paper bag is then placed on the doorstep of your Congresscritter and lit on fire. Lastly, you are supposed to ring said Congresscritter's doorbell and run like he11.

Sounds good to me.

46 posted on 03/09/2011 10:56:51 AM PST by TribalPrincess2U (They don't need to do another 911. They have BHO and the Fleebaggers.)
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To: woodbutcher1963

thats funny cuz when I replaced all my bulbs with CFl’s my electric bill went up about $100.00 per month, went back to the old bulbs and the electric bill went down.


47 posted on 03/09/2011 11:03:30 AM PST by Jessica2677 (S.O.S.)
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To: CedarDave

Next the dems will try to tell us they will tax our debit card usage and we will also get jacked up banking fees.WAIT they are already trying this...


48 posted on 03/09/2011 11:26:12 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama:If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun (the REAL Arizona instigator))
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To: eCSMaster
or 'the children's health improvement act'

Ah, yes. The CH-CH-CHIA.

49 posted on 03/09/2011 12:00:06 PM PST by tnlibertarian (Hey D. C., tax increases are not spending cuts. Nor do tax cuts constitute increased spending.)
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To: CedarDave
...And the current act has driven light bulb manufactures out of the US and to China.

Not all of them, I guess. I was at Walmart last week and found light bulbs for $ .84 for a package of four and they were labeled "Made in USA."

50 posted on 03/09/2011 1:25:08 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: woodbutcher1963
Also, the amount of mercury in one thermometer is about 5000x more than a CFL lightbulb.

True; that "DANGER DANGER WILL ROBINSON" nonsense about the danger of broken CFLs is just more greenie-weenie fearmongering.

51 posted on 03/09/2011 2:48:01 PM PST by cycleoflife
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To: Imnidiot

Do not get me started on Ethanol.

So far it has cost me:
one snowblower
carb for hedge trimmer
fuel lines on lawn mower
multiple bottles of fuel stablizer
multiple hours cleaning/tuning carburators on smallengines.


52 posted on 03/10/2011 7:06:43 AM PST by woodbutcher1963
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To: Jessica2677

very odd


53 posted on 03/10/2011 7:07:33 AM PST by woodbutcher1963
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To: cycleoflife

Media Hype


54 posted on 03/10/2011 7:08:37 AM PST by woodbutcher1963
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To: OldPossum

You have to be careful about those labels — I’ve heard that there are dodges that allow a “Made In USA” label to be attached on the basis of some minor incidental processing in the US after the mostly-complete product is brought in from overseas.


55 posted on 03/10/2011 11:42:11 AM PST by cycleoflife
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