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  • The medical experts who refuse to use low-energy lightbulbs in their homes

    05/13/2014 7:57:07 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 62 replies
    Mail Online ^ | May 12, 2014 | John Nash
    How would you view a man who's stockpiled a lifetime supply of old-fashioned lightbulbs because he believes low-energy bulbs could lead to blindness? You might well dismiss him as dotty. But the man in question, John Marshall, is no crank. In fact, he's one of Britain's most eminent eye experts, the professor of ophthalmology at the University College London Institute of Ophthalmology. So concerned is he that he has boxes stacked with old-fashioned incandescent lightbulbs at home. 'I bulk bought incandescent lightbulbs before the Government made it illegal to import them,' he says. 'I can't give you an exact number,...
  • Court upholds EPA emission standards

    04/15/2014 1:17:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 15, 2014 4:05 PM EDT | Pete Yost
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up chromium, arsenic, acid gases, nickel, cadmium as well as mercury and other dangerous toxins. The EPA’s determination in 2000 that regulating emission standards is appropriate and necessary, and the agency’s reaffirmation of that determination in 2012, “are amply supported by EPA’s findings regarding the health effects of mercury exposure,” said the court. Congress did not specify what...
  • The Lights Stay On

    03/27/2014 5:19:29 AM PDT · by thackney · 29 replies
    Planet Gore via National Review ^ | March 25, 2014 | Henry Payne
    The Obama administration’s War on Carbon rages, but the good news is the incandescent light bulb still lives. For the third year in a row, the federal ban on the popular incandescent light bulb — the choice of most Americans — was postponed by Republican House intervention that defunded EPA enforcement of the law. “None of the funds made available in this Act may be used . . . to implement or enforce the standards with respect to incandescent reflector lamps,” reads section 322 of the $1.1 trillion budget signed by the president in January. The language was cheered by...
  • Another Dumb Thing McConnell Supported: The Light-Bulb Ban (Maybe Not the Brightest Bulb)

    03/21/2014 10:35:17 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 31 replies
    freedomworks.org ^ | 3/21/14 | Dean Clancy
    Among the many dumb and harmful things Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has voted for over the decades -- and there are some doozies, for example, adding trillions to the national debt, creating the unneeded and unaffordable Medicare Part D prescription drug entitlement (2003, Roll Call Vote 457), and, even more outrageously, funding Obamacare (2013, RCV 206) -- one of the dumbest has to be the light-bulb ban (2007, RCV 430). The bill Senator McConnell voted for contained a federally mandated phase-out out of the traditional incandescent light bulb in favor of those annoying folded-tube fluorescents. Compact fluorescents, as...
  • What experiences have you had with CFL and LED bulbs?

    02/16/2014 10:23:31 AM PST · by EinNYC · 84 replies
    2/16/14 | Me, Myself & I
    Well, one of the 3 CFL bulbs in my kitchen ceiling fan light fixture has now burned out. The 2 still-functioning bulbs are candelabra-base dimmable CFL bulbs with the teardrop at the end. They lasted about a year or two. I am wondering if this burned out bulb is an opportunity for me to finally take the plunge into LED bulbs as a replacement. What experiences have FReepers had with candelabra-base omnidirectional LED bulbs with a 40W incandescent equivalence, in the 2700-3000K range (so it looks natural and not like the kitchen is under an interrogation light)? I heartily thank...
  • Edison Bulb Ban Means Lights Out On Freedom: Importing 40 & 60 Watt incandescents illegal in 2014

    12/30/2013 5:31:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/30/2013
    Bulb Ban: As of Wednesday, the manufacture and import of 60- and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs will be illegal — one more setback in the fight against government interference into the daily lives of the American people. First they came for our light bulbs. Before the onset of ObamaCare and its mandate to buy health insurance as a condition of citizenship, there was the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), one of the first things Democrats took up on retaking the House of Representatives in the 2006 elections. A well-intentioned President George W. Bush signed the incandescent bulb...
  • 40, 60-Watt Incandescents Out by 2014

    12/16/2013 5:52:04 AM PST · by PROCON · 67 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dec. 15, 2013 | William Bigelow
    If you want a 40 or 60-watt incandescent light bulb, you’d better get one by Christmas, because they will not be manufactured after January 1, 2014 and will be increasingly scarce. The 40 and 60-watt light bulbs sell more than any other light bulbs, but they are being phased out as their incandescent 75 and 100-watt brethren were phased out at the beginning of 2013.
  • Future grows dimmer for classic light bulb

    12/05/2013 5:32:19 AM PST · by thackney · 86 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 5, 2013 | Emily Pickrell
    Light bulbs are changing. Federal rules taking effect Jan. 1 ban the manufacture of incandescent bulbs using 40 watts of power or more, the third phase of energy efficiency legislation passed in 2007. The intent of the law is to push consumers toward more energy-efficient lighting technology than the incandescent light bulb – which has helped beat back the night for more than a century, but expends most of its energy producing heat rather than light. Compact fluorescent lamps — those spiraling tubes that some consumers may associate with harsh light and delayed start-up — cost more than incandescents but...
  • 101st Grey Cup Championship - Canadian Football League 6pm EST NBC Sports Network (US) TSN-RDS (CAN)

    11/24/2013 10:50:29 AM PST · by Perdogg · 24 replies
    Hamilton Tiger-Cats v Saskatchewan Roughriders (-7: 110 O/U) 6pm EST NBC Sports Network (US) TSN - RDS (CAN). Halftime show - The Sheepdogs Weather: Cold, 25 degrees and Clear
  • Compact fluorescent bulb burns PNNL staff

    11/19/2013 7:04:01 PM PST · by Rabin · 43 replies
    PNNL ^ | 18, 2013 | Staff
    A PNNL staff member removed a burned-out compact piggy tail light bulb in his home and replaced it with a new one. When he turned on the switch, only a portion of the new bulb lit up. Assuming it was defective, he turned off the switch to remove it. Grasping the bulb, he felt a pain as if he had been cut by glass, and found a small, burn. Removing the bulb, he noticed the plastic base (see pix) was blackened at the point where it connected to the mercury tube.
  • CFL Grey Cup Semi Finals 11/17/13

    11/17/2013 9:52:51 AM PST · by Perdogg · 10 replies
    Hamilton at Toronto - 1pm EST Saskatchewan at Calgary - 4:30pm EST Winners will play next week for the CFL Grey Cup
  • The shocking truth about those CFL lamps the EPA wants to force you to use

    09/26/2013 4:39:35 PM PDT · by Truthoverpower · 47 replies
    Fluorescent Lamps contain and operate on exciting MERCURY VAPOR, which then causes the phosphorous on the glass to fluoresce, and thus the incorrect name given to these mercury vapor lamps Mercury is a well known highly toxic poison and one 4 foot T8 lamp contains about a MILLIONS of times the concentration of Mercury in air that is the maximum safe level. Mercury gas is much heavier than air and, it will thus remain near the ground level and will easily entrain itself into anything it touches , including carpets furniture and flooring. Mercury gas is odorless and colorless, and...
  • Frank Tripucka, first Denver Broncos QB, dies at 85 years old

    09/13/2013 10:09:45 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | September 12, 2013 | Josh Katzowitz
    When Frank Tripucka first arrived in Denver in 1960 to work for the newly-formed Broncos of the newly-formed American Football League, he was only supposed to help assist head coach Frank Filchock in a coaching capacity. Funny thing about that. Tripucka was apparently the best option the team had at quarterback. Thus, though he hadn't played in the NFL since 1952, he took over the starting spot and proceeded to throw for a career- and league-high 3,038 yards that season. Tripucka -- who died Thursday morning at the age of 85 -- started for two more seasons (and led the...
  • Congress tries to turn off lights on bulb mandates

    07/11/2013 8:06:53 AM PDT · by thackney · 46 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 11, 2013 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Texas Republican Michael Burgess just won another round in his fight against federal standards that could force consumers to abandon inefficient incandescent light bulbs for more expensive LED and fluorescent alternatives. The House voted Wednesday to adopt an amendment by Burgess that would bar the Energy Department from using any funds to implement efficiency standards for light bulbs, six years after Congress first mandated the change. The provision in a 2007 energy law was designed to encourage manufacturers to produce more energy efficient light bulbs; although it didn’t rule out traditional incandescents, they would need a redesign to qualify under...
  • GE 90 watt miser incandescent bulbs in stores

    02/11/2013 5:32:01 AM PST · by dennisw · 61 replies
    GE has new 90 watt Watt-Miser bulbs on sale now due to the 100 watt incandescent bulb ban. You can find them at Wal-Mart. They are rated at 1450 lumens. But if you don't mind paying more, GE also has 72-watt halogen bulbs (rated as "100-watt equivalent") which put out 1490 lumens, so with those you get slightly better brightness with less energy being used. FROM UTUBE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdLPppyn9F0
  • Great news: Federally-permitted lightbulbs a cancer risk

    01/04/2013 12:56:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/04/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Legislate in haste ... repent at leisure. In their haste to rid Americans of the unconscionable plague of perfectly safe if somewhat inefficient incandescent lighting, politicians in Washington have forced us to adopt more expensive technology in its place. Compact flourescent lighting (CFLs) are already known to be a considerable disposal risk, thanks to the mercury used in them. A new study reported earlier this week by Miami's CBS affiliate warns of an operational risk as well ... ultraviolet radiation that can cause skin cancers and even acute burns (via Katie Pavlich): Every time you turn on the lights, you...
  • RIP Milt Campbell

    11/03/2012 8:58:50 PM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 3, 2012 | AP
    GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Milt Campbell, who became the first African-American to win the Olympic decathlon in 1956 and went on to play professional football and become a motivational speaker, has died after a battle with prostate cancer, his family said Saturday. He was 78.
  • Tests of tuna sold for school lunches reveal variations in mercury levels(OMG!)

    09/20/2012 5:47:55 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 21 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 19, 2012 | Ryan Jaslow
    Are kids' school lunches safe? A new report from the advocacy group Mercury Policy Project finds tuna served as school lunches in some states may contain levels of mercury that the organization deems toxic. Mercury is a naturally occurring neurotoxin in the environment that can be released into the air through industrial pollution. It builds up in water and streams and turns into methylmercury, a compound which is then absorbed by fish as they feed. The report, called "Tuna Surprise" is the first to test canned tuna sold to schools, according to its authors. "Most children are already consuming only...
  • Green Death! Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs & Cancer

    08/13/2012 4:16:30 PM PDT · by 1pitech · 5 replies
    The Conscience of Kansas radio program ^ | 08-13-12 | Dr. Paul A. Ibbetson
    In this episode of the Conscience of Kansas radio program I talk about an article by Brian Sussman, author of the book "Climate Gate" about the Big Green environmental push and government mandates. Specifically, we talk about CFL's and a new study that says that CFL's raise the risk of skin cancer.
  • Can Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs Damage Skin? (You bet!)

    08/08/2012 1:48:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Scientific American ^ | July 25, 2012
    SKIN RISK: A new study finds that damaged compact fluorescent lightbulbs can emit harmful ultraviolet light capable of damaging skin cells. The curlicue compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) oft touted as an Earth-friendly alternative to standard incandescent bulbs may cause skin damage, according to a new study by researchers at Stony Brook University. The bulbs are already known to pose hazards from using mercury, a toxic element, though in very small quantities, as lighting manufacturers are quick to point out. Regulations in parts of the United States and in the European Union limit mercury to 3.5 milligrams per bulb, with the...
  • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Could Cause Ultraviolet Damage to Skin

    07/27/2012 1:02:43 PM PDT · by Blackyce · 15 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 07/19/12 | Colin Lecher
    science,colin_lecher,cfl_bulbs,environment,health,light,lightbulbs,radiation,research,science,sustainability,technology,uv_rays science 63791 Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Could Cause Ultraviolet Damage to Skin By Colin Lecher Posted 07.19.2012 at 3:42 pm18 Comments CFL Bulb Wikimedia Commons We know CFL bulbs are world-changingly efficient, producing the same level of light as their incandescent parents while using a quarter of the energy. But they're still a relatively new device, and few long-term studies have been carried out on them. One of the most recent, a new report from a team at Stony Brook, suggests CFLs might cause damage to skin by releasing UV rays. Researchers rounded up CFL bulbs from two counties...
  • Compact fluorescent bulbs may contribute to skin cancer

    07/24/2012 9:11:40 AM PDT · by neverdem · 39 replies
    Tucson Citizen | Jul. 23, 2012 | Jonathan DuHamel
    Here's the link.
  • GOP scores temporary victory in light bulb controversy

    12/16/2011 10:33:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/16/2011 | Rick Moran
    A rider attached to the omnibus spending bill that will keep the government running through September 30 of next year contains language that would prevent the EPA from enforcing the ban on incandescent light bulbs. But this is only a short respite, as this Politico article explains: DOE's light bulb rules - authorized under a 2007 energy law authored signed by President George W. Bush - would start going into effect Jan. 1. The rider will prevent DOE from implementing the rules through Sept. 30. But Democrats said they could claim a "compromise" by adding language to the omnibus that...
  • Congress overturns incandescent light bulb ban

    12/16/2011 11:08:18 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 16 December 2011 | Stephen Dinan
    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...
  • Upset about Big Brother's Ban on Incandescent Bulbs? Buy a Heatball!

    12/30/2011 8:40:21 AM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 30, 2011 | Selwyn Duke
    This is just too good. Many of you know that in a few days the federal ban on conventional incandescent light bulbs will go into effect. And while House Republicans included a provision in a recent spending bill that will block funding for the ban's enforcement, it's said that it will have little effect; manufacturers have prepared for the new standards and will no doubt abide by the law. So does this mean we'll be forced to buy more expensive LED (light emitting diode) or CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs, the latter being those squiggly things said to be loaded...
  • ‘Bird-Brained’ Hypocrisy: Oil Companies Prosecuted for 28 Dead Waterfowl While Wind Companies

    10/02/2011 9:33:07 AM PDT · by volunbeer · 43 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | September 30, 2011 | Dave Urbanski
    You may have gotten wind of the seven North Dakota oil companies recently charged in federal court with the deaths of 28 migratory birds. The birds allegedly landed in oil waste pits in western North Dakota last spring; the maximum penalty for each charge under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is six months in prison and a $15,000 fine, the AP said. But did you know that wind-power companies are responsible for more than 400,000 bird deaths annually, and not one has faced a single charge? The Wall Street Journal knows it, opining yesterday that the prosecutions are “bird-brained,” especially...
  • Despite GOP opposition, light bulb standards will phase in on Jan. 1

    12/29/2011 1:10:50 PM PST · by thouworm · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12-29-2011 | Andrew Restuccia
    New light bulb efficiency standards will begin phasing in on Jan. 1 despite intense opposition from conservatives, who have blasted the rules as a textbook unnecessary federal regulation. While Republicans secured inclusion of a measure blocking funding for enforcement of the standards in a year-end spending bill, energy efficiency groups say the provision will have little practical impact. The Energy Department rules will nonetheless go into effect at the start of 2012. "The [spending bill] cut funding for enforcement, however the law is still in effect," said Jack Gillis, spokesman for the Consumer Federation of America. "It is our expectation...
  • CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) eyed for fire danger

    12/28/2011 7:37:38 PM PST · by matt04 · 78 replies
    Compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs, have been counted on to light the way to a more energy-efficient future. Compared to traditional incandescent bulbs, which will gradually be phased out starting in January, CFLs use about a fifth the power and have a life six to 10 times as great. However, since the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission launched its online safety complaints database in March, there have been 34 reports made by people about CFLs that emitted smoke or a burning odor and four reports of the devices catching fire. As perspective, though, 272 million CFLs were sold in 2009...
  • Correspondence from Senator Lieberman re: Light bulb ban

    12/16/2011 11:42:49 AM PST · by matt04 · 20 replies
    Reply from Sen. Lieberman
    December 15, 2011 Mr. ... Dear Mr. ...: Thank you for contacting me regarding your concerns over any efforts to ban the use of incandescent bulbs. First, I want to make clear that there is no pending legislation that calls for a ban on incandescent light bulbs. That being said, however, I have strongly supported efforts to set new performance standards to increase the energy efficiency of lighting products. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-140) set new performance standards for many common light bulbs. Tier I standards require a 25- to 30- percent increase in the...
  • The Final Days of the Incandescent Light Bulb

    12/09/2011 6:07:38 PM PST · by Evil Slayer · 137 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 12/09/11 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: In three weeks and one day the 100-watt incandescent light bulb will be illegal. In three weeks and one day it will be illegal to sell a 100-watt incandescent light bulb. And who did this? The federal government. The federal government, under the auspices of a hoax, mankind global warming. You know, I've been staying in a lot of hotels lately, been doing a little traveling, and hotels are like a lot of other businesses, they just run scared of any regulatory agency. Nobody stands up to regulatory agency, and you can understand it. So you walk...
  • Light bulb question

    11/30/2011 4:58:51 AM PST · by djf · 55 replies
    Bow I know that sometime in the future, filament type light bulbs will stop being sold. Question: ALL filament type bulbs or just the ones used for lamps, etc? The reason I ask is that I have a number of fixtures in my house that use the little 25W or so vanity type clear light bulbs and I have never seen itty-bitty fluorescents that could go in those fixtures. So now I gotta start ripping things out and re-wiring stuff? Anyone know? Thanks!
  • Ex-Viking Joe Kapp gets into fight with former CFL rival (w/ VIDEO)

    11/28/2011 12:28:15 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | November 28, 2011
    Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Kapp, a 73-year-old Canadian Football League Hall of Famer, got into a fight with another CFL Hall of Famer, 74-year-old defensive lineman Angelo Mosca, at a league alumni function Friday, an incident caught on video. Kapp and Mosca reportedly have issues stemming back to the 1963 Grey Cup, the CFL championship game, because of a supposed late hit by Hamilton's Mosca on Kapp's British Columbia teammate.
  • Obama’s green economy is about to cost you a fortune

    09/20/2011 10:37:57 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-20-11 | DrJohn
    Barack Obama has spared no effort attempting to shove the US towards a so-called "green economy." The same green economy nearly bankrupted Spain and has been nothing but a miserable failure here. China is now in the process of changing the sticker price of Obama's green economy and they are sending it skyward. They are tightening control of rare Earth metals.The kind used in pretty much everything Obama is trying shove down our throats. BEIJING — In the name of fighting pollution, China has sent the price of compact fluorescent light bulbs soaring in the United States. By closing or...
  • Is Obsolete Tech an Inalienable Right? (supporting tyranny)

    07/19/2011 6:18:23 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 12 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | July 12th | Sam Biddle
    Sam Biddle — Today's superfluous political grappling comes via Texas, where Republican rep Joe Barton's incensed by legislation mandating efficient incandescent lightbulbs. Rather, he and his backers claim, Americans should be able to screw-in whatever they damn please. Is old tech really a liberty? ... But to Barton it's not about efficiency. It's not about technology at all. It's about Ye Olde Blood Stained Tree of Liberty: the bulb law (and the push to repeal it) "Is about more than just energy consumption. It is about personal freedom." Well, not so fast, Joe. Beyond anything but the most stringent enshrinement...
  • How many lawmakers does it take to...(Make incandescent light bulbs illegal)

    07/17/2011 9:49:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 07/15/2011 | Jeff Jacoby
    IN 5½ months, the sale of traditional 100-watt incandescent light bulbs will become illegal in the United States. Twelve months later, the same fate will befall most 75-watt incandescents, and one year after that, conventional 60- and 40-watt bulbs will be gone as well. Thomas Edison’s world-changing invention is one of the most enduringly popular products ever created - something so useful, so dependable, and so cheap that over the course of more than a century, consumers bought them by the billions. Yet thanks to a federal law that relatively few Americans knew anything about when it was passed by...
  • 67% Oppose Upcoming ‘Ban’ on Traditional Light Bulbs

    07/15/2011 8:39:52 AM PDT · by upchuck · 39 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | July 15, 2011
    One-in-five Americans (20%) say they or someone they know has bought large quantities of traditional light bulbs to use when those bulbs disappear off store shelves next year under new federal light bulb regulations. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 70% of Adults aren’t doing that themselves or don’t know anyone who is, but another 10% are not sure. The new government regulations provide for the manufacture of similar-looking bulbs that will last longer and be more energy-efficient – but also more expensive. Critics view the regulations as unnecessary government intrusion in the free market and see...
  • Lights Out… Democrats Block Repeal of Lightbulb Ban – Vote Gives Jobs to China

    07/13/2011 12:04:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    gateway ^ | July 12, 2011 | Jim Hoft
    House democrats blocked the repeal of the light bulb ban. A majority of Americans oppose the government’s unpopular and unnecessary ban on incandescent bulbs and infringement on choice. On January 1 2012, 100 watt incandescent bulbs will become illegal, with lower wattages to follow. The democrats just voted to give jobs to China.
  • Incandescent-bulb “ban” repeal heading for defeat?

    07/12/2011 11:54:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/12/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Republicans have introduced a repeal of federal lightbulb standards in the House, which effectively ban older-style incandescent bulbs, but Democrats in the chamber have begun uniting to defeat it. Thanks to the way the bill made it to the floor, it needs a 2/3rds majority to pass — and that looks doubtful at best: House Democrats on Monday indicated strong opposition to a controversial bill to repeal federal lightbulb standards, which could lead to the defeat of the measure in an expected Tuesday vote.The Better Use of Light Bulbs Act, H.R. 2417 would end federal bulb standards passed in 2007...
  • The Light That Failed. Washington's War on the Light Bulb will have Unintended Consequences

    07/08/2011 8:23:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/08/2011 | Deroy Murdock
    With its traffic circles and tree-lined squares, America’s capital sometimes resembles a magical, otherworldly place. Maybe that’s why so many who govern here think they can wave their legislative wands and unleash beauty — free of costs and complications. Of course, reality rarely cooperates. Consider Washington’s still-unfolding ban on Thomas Alva Edison’s incandescent light bulb. What the Wizard of Menlo Park, N.J., required 10,000 experiments to perfect, Brooks Brothers socialist George W. Bush needed just one signature to make anathema. If the law is left unchallenged, Jan. 1, 2012, will bring stricter standards that Congress designed in 2007 to eliminate...
  • Texas Tells Feds: Shove Your Light Bulb Ban

    06/20/2011 7:00:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 74 replies
    fox ^ | 6/20/11 | staff
    State lawmakers have passed a bill that allows Texans to skirt federal efforts to promote more efficient light bulbs, which ultimately pushes the swirled, compact fluorescent bulbs over the 100-watt incandescent bulbs many grew up with. The measure, sent to Gov. Rick Perry for consideration, lets any incandescent light bulb manufactured in Texas - and sold in that state - avoid the authority of the federal government or the repeal of the 2007 energy independence act that starts phasing out some incandescent light bulbs next year. "Let there be light," state Rep. George Lavender,
  • The Light Bulb Goes On About the GOP Congressional Leadership

    06/14/2011 9:27:05 AM PDT · by radioone · 15 replies
    Big Government ^ | 6-14-11 | Kurt Schlichter
    Once the light bulb represented ideas; today, its shoddy, government-mandated replacement, the compact fluorescent lamp (CFL), has come to represent everything that is wrong with the GOP leadership in Congress. It’s time to get rid of the dim bulbs, figuratively and literally. snip The House Republican leadership is clearly not up to the task. It has failed to perform to even the most minimal standards of what was promised and what was expected. Boehner is a nice guy. He obviously loves his family and his country. I’d be happy to let him water my lawn while I’m on vacation if...
  • A Call For Light Bulb Sanity

    06/02/2011 4:41:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 06/02/2011 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    WASHINGTON--America doesn't usually have shortages. Consumers as a rule can find what they want to buy at stores or online. But in 212, days, on January 1, 2012, Americans won't be able to buy 100-watt incandescent light bulbs, the kind Thomas Edison invented and the only kind many of us know-and prefer. That's because incandescent light bulbs are being phased out by wattage over a two-year period, starting January 2012. The 100-watt bulb will be the first to be outlawed, by act of Congress, followed by 75-watt bulbs in January 2013, and 60- and 40-watt bulbs in January 2014. So...
  • Environmental Terrorism: Please Don’t Take My Lightbulb Away!

    05/25/2011 1:15:17 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 11 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 05-25-11 | Short Little Rebel
    When I hear third party supporters say that Republicans are just as bad as Democrats, I always duck and mumble, “No, not as bad.” And then I say, “We just need to get Obama out”. Or, I say, “A third party will only drain the most viable opposition to Obama. But here is the sad story of a Bush supporter who found out that Republicans really are as bad as Democrats. At least, sometimes. Now, I don’t know about you, but I am just enraged about the government making LIGHT BULBS illegal. Light bulbs! If that is not sticking their...
  • As Government Bans Regular Light Bulbs, LED Replacements Will Cost $50 Each

    05/18/2011 5:44:26 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 52 replies
    NEW YORK – Two leading makers of lighting products are showcasing LED bulbs that are bright enough to replace energy-guzzling 100-watt light bulbs set to disappear from stores in January. Their demonstrations at the LightFair trade show in Philadelphia this week mean that brighter LED bulbs will likely go on sale next year, but after a government ban takes effect. The new bulbs will also be expensive — about $50 each — so the development may not prevent consumers from hoarding traditional bulbs.
  • Thousands of energy-saving light bulbs recalled [some 317,000 bulbs can overheat......]

    05/10/2011 2:23:31 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies
    Thousands of energy-saving light bulbs recalled 1 hr 20 mins ago WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Thousands of energy-saving Telstar Products light bulbs have been voluntarily recalled for fire hazards, the government said on Tuesday. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement that some 317,000 bulbs can overheat. Two incidents of fire were reported to the New York-based firm. The CPSC urged consumers to take the bulbs back to the place of purchase for a full refund. The recalled bulbs come in both the spiral shape and the 3-U shape and in various wattages.
  • Study: Enviro-light bulbs can cause cancer

    04/26/2011 11:08:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/26/11 | Kerry Picket
    According to a recently released German study, the supposed "environmentally friendly" compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL's), are reported to have "cancer causing chemicals" that are sent out when the light is switched on, reports London's Daily Telegraph: Their report advises that the bulbs should not be left on for extended periods, particularly near someone’s head, as they emit poisonous materials when switched on. Peter Braun, who carried out the tests at the Berlin's Alab Laboratory, said: “For such carcinogenic substances it is important they are kept as far away as possible from the human environment.”
  • Energy saving light bulbs 'contain cancer causing chemicals'

    04/21/2011 7:34:10 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Energy saving light bulbs 'contain cancer causing chemicals' Fears have been reignited about the safety of energy saving light bulbs after a group of scientists warned that they contain cancer causing chemicals. By Victoria Ward 7:16AM BST 20 Apr 2011 Their report advises that the bulbs should not be left on for extended periods, particularly near someone’s head, as they emit poisonous materials when switched on. Peter Braun, who carried out the tests at the Berlin's Alab Laboratory, said: “For such carcinogenic substances it is important they are kept as far away as possible from the human environment.” The bulbs...
  • Energy saving bulbs 'release cancer causing chemicals', say scientists (CFL lightbulb warning)

    04/20/2011 8:08:21 AM PDT · by rawhide · 40 replies
    dailymail uk ^ | 11-20-11
    Energy saving bulbs emit cancer causing chemicals it was claimed last night as new fears were raised about their safety. Scientists said they should not be left on for long periods of time or placed close to a person's head because they release poisonous materials. The EU has unveiled plans to phase out 'normal' incandescent bulbs by the end of next year as they try to cut carbon emissions. They should not be used by adults to read or kept near a child's head all night, the experts said. While it is already known that harmful amounts of Mercury are...
  • Mercury in new light bulbs not being recycled, escaping to environment

    04/04/2011 7:53:00 AM PDT · by SmithL · 62 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 4/4/11 | Suzanne Bohan
    The nation's accelerating shift from incandescent bulbs to a new generation of energy-efficient lighting is raising an environmental concern -- the release of tons of mercury every year. The most popular new light -- the curly cue, compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs -- account for a quarter of new bulb sales and each contains up to 5 milligrams of mercury, a potent neurotoxin that's on the worst-offending list of environmental contaminants. Demand for the bulbs is growing as federal and state mandates for energy-efficient lighting take effect, yet only about 2 percent of residential consumers and one-third of businesses...
  • EDITORIAL: Light-bulb rights showdown--States defy federal claim to meddle in fixture choice

    04/01/2011 4:53:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 84 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 1, 2011 | Editorial
    State lawmakers are fed up with the federal government micromanaging their lives. The South Carolina Senate is scheduled to strike back Tuesday with a bill that asserts the 10th Amendment right of the state to tell Washington to take a hike when it comes to the sale of incandescent light bulbs manufactured within state borders. Ever since then-President George W. Bush signed into law the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the clock has been ticking on Thomas Edison’s venerable incandescent. Unless Congress acts before Jan. 1, 2012, federal bureaucrats will begin their campaign to foist the mostly Chinese-made,...