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  • 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...
  • The Conscience of Kansas radio program- Obama & Israel, Green products, Ks, D.U.I. Laws

    05/24/2011 5:45:58 PM PDT · by 1pitech
    The Conscience of Kansas radio program ^ | 05-24-11 | Paul A. Ibbetson
    In this episode of the Conscience of Kansas radio program I talk about Barack Obama and Israel. I also talk about green products and free market conflicts. We get some economic advice from Ray Stevens. Oh yes, the world did not end! It is a great show and we invite you to listen and comment
  • The Dangers of CFLs Even Greater Than Previously Known

    05/19/2011 5:14:39 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | May 19, 2011 | Edmund Contoski
    New evidence of CFLs causing fires -- even exploding -- as well as new environmental concerns have come to light since my article The CFL Fraud published.  Here are some of the additional fires:  "I had one of these CFL's in my garage socket, and it blew a component (not the glass corkscrew) and caught fire.  Fortunately, I was standing four feet away at the time.  I turned off the power and smothered the bulb with a towel." LINK "I heard a sizzling sound like bacon, looked in the direction of the sound and watch the CFL burst into flame...
  • LED bulbs hit 100 watts as federal ban looms

    05/16/2011 5:49:24 PM PDT · by verum ago · 200 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 16 May 2011 | Peter Svensson
    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. The technology in traditional "incandescent" bulbs is more than a century old. Such bulbs waste most of...
  • 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...
  • The CFL Fraud ILiberals gone wild - and Americans beleived them at their peril)

    04/19/2011 11:39:26 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 30 replies
    american thinker ^ | 4/19/2011 | Edmund Contoski
    A compact fluorescent light (CFL) on the ceiling burst and started a fire in a home in Hornell, N.Y. December 23, 2010. "Those are the lights everybody's been telling us to use," said Joe Gerych, Steuben County Fire Inspector. "It blew up like a bomb. It spattered all over." Fire Chief Mike Robbins said the blaze destroyed the room where the fire started and everything in it, and the rest of the house suffered smoke and water damage. The Arkport Village Fire Department as well as the North Hornell Fire Department required about 15 minutes to put out the fire....
  • The Chemistry Of Light Bulbs—And Why CFL’s Are Overrated

    03/30/2011 7:35:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 44 replies · 1+ views
    Science 2.0 ^ | Mar 26 2011 | Enrico Uva
    Light bulbs rely not only on simple materials but on esoteric ions and compounds. And while we take their emissions, visible light, for granted, the inner workings of these deceivingly simple gadgets depend on the complex behavior of electrons. We’ll discuss four types of light bulbs:incandescent bulbs, halogens, fluorescent lights (including CFL’s) and LED’s. A) INCANDESCENT BULBS The light bulb of the short-lived variety, is the traditional tungsten incandescent bulb. Inside the glass, electricity flows through a thin filament of the element tungsten (chemical symbol, W, for its old name wolfram). Because the wire is so thin, resistance is high,...
  • Banning the Bulb .

    03/24/2011 6:35:51 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 48 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 3/24/2011 | J D Longstreet
    Americans have nine months left in which they can purchase 100-watt incandescent light bulbs. As of the first of 2011, no new 100-watt incandescent light bulbs (except for those left in the store’s inventory) can be sold to the American consumer. The last factory manufacturing the 100-watt incandescent light bulb has been closed and shuttered. The incandescent light bulb manufacturing business has moved the China. The US manufacturers of light bulbs in America will make only fluorescent bulbs. You’d never guess, would you, that manufacturers will make more profit off the fluorescent bulbs than they did on the old incandescent...
  • Republicans Try to Block New Light Bulb Restrictions

    03/22/2011 5:36:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 22, 2011 | Molly Henneberg
    Is the traditional 100-watt incandescent light bulb about to go the way of the Tyrannosaurus Rex? Some Republicans on Capitol Hill hope not. They want to overturn the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, signed by then-President George W. Bush. The law requires all 100-watt incandescent light bulbs to be almost 30-percent more energy efficient by Jan. 1, 2012. Since that means higher production costs, manufacturers in America have stopped making the traditional bulbs. Some consumers have already started stockpiling the old-model bulbs, complaining that the replacements cast a unattractive light compared to the warmth of incandescent bulbs. Kentucky...
  • Expert Warns of Health Risks Associated With New Light Bulbs

    03/11/2011 8:42:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 28 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | March 11, 2011 | Dan Joseph
    A lighting expert who has overseen lighting projects including the Statue of Liberty and the Petronas Towers expressed concerns on Capitol Hill Thursday about the safety of certain types of new light bulbs. Appearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Howard M. Brandston spoke in favor of the "Better Use of Light Bulbs Act" – a measure which would overturn elements of a 2007 law mandating that traditional incandescent light bulbs be phased out over the next few years. In his testimony, Brandston claimed that parts of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act serve as a “de-facto...
  • Rand Paul wants government hands off his toilet

    03/10/2011 9:50:31 PM PST · by Arec Barrwin · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | March 10, 2011 | Darius Dixon
    Rand Paul: Hands off my toilet By: Darius Dixon March 10, 2011 02:28 PM EST If the federal government can support abortion rights, why can’t it also support light bulb choice, Sen. Rand Paul asked Thursday morning. And don’t even get him started about his toilet. The Kentucky Republican began making the link between the personal, the political and the plumbing-related when he asked Kathleen Hogan, the DOE deputy assistant secretary on energy efficiency, “I was wondering if you’re pro-choice?” “I’m pro-choice of bulbs,” Hogan responded. “Actually, that’s the point,” Paul said, during an appliance efficiency hearing at the Senate...
  • How Many Liberals Does it Take to Screw In a Hazardous CFL Lightbulb?

    03/08/2011 5:28:49 PM PST · by seamus · 18 replies
    Somewhat Reasonable ^ | March 7, 2011 | Jim Lakely
    The answer to the above headline is "a whole Congress" (and a senseless president "W").  As Stephen F. Heyward noted the other day, the ban of the incandescent light bulb — thanks to the federal mandate of compact fluorescent light (CFL) for all Americans starting in 2012 — will be the stupidest "energy conservation" law since Jimmy Carter spearheaded the national 55 mph speed limit. I'd rather wear a sweater. We can only hope this scheme will be much less short-lived. Writes Heyward: We’re going to sock it to industry with new air-quality regulations to reduce airborne mercury, but we’re going to subject...
  • Republicans Seek Repeal of Incandescent Bulb Ban

    03/08/2011 10:38:57 AM PST · by CedarDave · 54 replies
    New American ^ | February 21, 2011 | Daniel Sayani
    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...
  • Bachmann to Democrats: Don't tell Americans what light bulbs to buy

    03/02/2011 8:35:27 PM PST · by pissant · 48 replies
    CBS ^ | 3/2/11 | Brian Montopoli
    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...
  • Lenten sacrifice: Time to give up plastic bags or incandescent bulbs?

    02/26/2011 9:23:31 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 56 replies
    The Catholic Review ^ | Feb 27, 2011 | Nancy Frazier O’Brien
    WASHINGTON – As Lent begins with Ash Wednesday March 9, Dan Misleh wants to remind Catholics that it is not just about giving up chocolate or ice cream for 40 days. Instead, the executive director of the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change would like to see Catholic families and individuals make some permanent sacrificial changes that will also contribute to a more sustainable and more just world. “The whole issue of climate change is about consumption and lifestyle,” said Misleh of the changes the Washington-based coalition would like to see implemented far beyond the Lenten period. “Lent is the perfect...
  • The sustainability of freedom

    02/22/2011 9:40:13 PM PST · by JLS · 10 replies
    Steynonline ^ | 20 February 2011 | Mark Steyn
    Remember the way all those Curly Fry Lightbulbs governments are forcing us to use are going to lead to massive savings in our energy bills? The great Australian wag Tim Blair draws my attention to this story from The Scotsman: "Cutting carbon emissions through reducing energy consumption may not be as effective as it seems, if consumers spend the money they have saved on environmentally unfriendly products, an economic think-tank has warned. A report on energy and pollution from the Fraser of Allander Institute at the University of Strathclyde, in partnership with accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), has claimed that the "rebound...
  • Let There Be Light ("like something out of a Soviet stairwell")

    02/15/2011 1:48:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    The National Review ^ | February 14, 2011 | BRIAN BOLDUC
    ...And darkness covered the nation, as the ban’s effective date, Jan. 1, 2012, drew near. And the people said, “Let there be light.” But will there be light? If Freedom Action succeeds, there will. A political-advocacy group formed by members of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, FA recently launched a campaign to repeal the ban. Starting with an online petition, the group hopes to gather enough grassroots support to move legislation in Congress. ..... “After the low-flush toilet was mandated, there was this explosion of opposition to it, but it never got focused,” Ebell says. This time, he plans “to focus...
  • Consumers not yet warming to new light bulbs

    01/25/2011 10:12:41 PM PST · by Innovative · 87 replies
    MSNBC ^ | Jan 25, 2011 | Bill Briggs
    Under federal law, incandescent bulbs are being phased out beginning next year when American manufacturers no longer will be allowed to make 100-watt bulbs. But while Thomas Edison's invention is slowly being dimmed into retail oblivion, consumers have been slow to accept the two emerging alternative technologies, known as CFLs and LEDs. The main complaints: CFLs, or compact fluorescent lights, cast a harsh, greenish beam, unlike the warm, amber glow of incandescents. LEDs are expensive and relatively unknown among American shoppers. Neither variety is universally available in dimmer form and, therefore, not always ideal for people partial to mood lighting....
  • Calif. Discovers Fluorescent Lightbulbs Burning Out Faster Than Predicted

    01/25/2011 1:42:00 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 142 replies
    Calif. Discovers Fluorescent Lightbulbs Burning Out Faster Than Predicted State government concludes that it will not realize the savings it expected It was all flowers and roses when the state of California launched its $548M USD program to help promote consumer use of compact fluorescent lamps. Manufacturers and utilities were onboard because they received bonus pay to enact rebate programs. Citizens were happy as they received cheap CFL bulbs, which promised to save them money on power expenses. And the politicians were happy, as they looked sufficiently "green" to satisfy the eco-minded voters. Now that utopian vision of futuristic lighting...
  • Is it lights out for light bulbs?

    01/13/2011 5:16:29 PM PST · by Innovative · 56 replies
    Fortune ^ | Jan. 12, 2010 | Andrew B. Lewis
    In 2007, Congress passed new bulb standards requiring at least a 25% increase in efficiency for 100-watt bulbs by 2012 and smaller-wattage bulbs by 2014, leading to the replacement of incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent (CFL) and halogen bulbs. Barton's bill, the Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) act, was introduced in September. He wants to nullify the standards, which he claims cost U.S. jobs and are a safety hazard. The BULB act was not taken seriously until it became a key part of the struggle between Barton and Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), a sponsor of the standards, to...
  • Alert to hoarders: old light bulbs soon to vanish ( Canada )

    01/08/2011 8:59:20 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    bc ^ | January 05, 2011
    Standard incandescent light bulbs are now an endangered species. A phase-out underway means consumers who haven't already made the switch will soon have to start buying more energy efficient compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs instead. B.C. banned new imports of old 75- and 100-watt incandescent bulbs Jan. 1, although wholesalers and retailers are allowed to continue selling off their existing stock. "A lot of people don't like the colour of the light with the CFLs," he said, adding some of his customers are hoarding old bulbs. "They're used to turning a light on and it's on. CFLs start dim and...
  • A nation choking on endless laws

    01/07/2011 3:15:08 AM PST · by Scanian · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 6, 2011 | MICHAEL A. WALSH
    Heading back to work this week, Americans were greeted not only by a new year but also by a whole slew of new laws -- 31,000 of them at the state level -- covering everything from guns to 100-watt light bulbs to, of course, "health care." As usual, most of these laws tell us what we can't do: texting while driving (duh), cyberbullying and smoking in bars. In the near future, everyone will be a criminal for at least 15 minutes, whether they know it or not. But aside from some laws easing state restrictions on lawful gun ownership, precious...
  • Bootleg Lightbulbs Coming to California (Starting Jan. 1, Incandescents cannot be bought .. legally)

    12/27/2010 12:01:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies · 6+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 12/26/2010 | Luminus Maximus
    Here's a new poll question: Should California be 1) given back to the Spanish missionaries, or 2) just allowed to go dark?  For most of us, the first option -- give it back to the Spanish Jesuits -- is most appealing.  After all, if the EU is ready to bail out Spain, why not tack on its erstwhile colony and pick up that tab, too? However, Californians unwilling to wait for the results of our poll question have already decided: apagar la luz.  Old reliable, the 100-watt light bulb -- safe, cheap, and bright enough to read, write, cook,...
  • CA: State to phase out energy-sucking light bulbs

    12/20/2010 11:29:07 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 4+ views
    California Watch ^ | 12/20/10 | Susanne Rust
    Say goodbye to your 100-watt incandescent light bulbs. On Jan. 1, it’ll become increasingly challenging to find one on a store shelf in California. That’s because the state has ordered a phaseout of the high energy-consuming light bulb. The state is pressing to have the old incandescents replaced with newer, more efficient bulbs, such as compact fluorescents, halogens and light-emitting diode light bulbs, or LEDs. And beginning in 2012, 100-watt incandescents will be off the shelves completely. As is typical, California is getting a jump-start on a trend that will begin nationwide in a few years. Three years ago, the...
  • Upton flips a switch on CFL bulbs--Feeling heat, lawmaker sees light on incandescents

    12/06/2010 6:42:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 82 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 6, 2010 | Stephan Dinan
    Three years after he led the charge to require consumers to ditch their comfortable old incandescent lights in favor of those twisty CFL bulbs, Rep. Fred Upton now wants to be the man to help undo that law as the next chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. That about-face is not unique among lawmakers looking to atone for stances they've taken over the past decade as they seek to gain top posts in a decidedly more conservative Republican Congress, but his reversal underscores how intent the GOP is on proving it has broken with past practices. "We have...
  • Conservatives Say Naming Upton As Chairman of Energy and Commerce Committee Would Be 'Slap...

    11/30/2010 10:06:31 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    CNSNews ^ | November 30, 2010 | Pete Winn
    Complete title: Conservatives Say Naming Upton As Chairman of Energy and Commerce Committee Would Be 'Slap in the Face' Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) seeks the chairmanship of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee (CNSNews.com) – Conservatives say it would be an insult if House Republicans allow Rep. Fred Upton, a liberal Republican from Michigan, to chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee when the GOP takes control of the lower chamber in January.“It would be a real slap in the face for him to be selected the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee,” Richard Viguerie, president of the Manassas,...
  • Will The Light Bulb Ban Inspire A Conversion?

    11/29/2010 1:21:37 AM PST · by Scanian · 63 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 29, 2010 | Luminus Maximus
    Why is the incandescent light bulb ban such a lightning rod for Tea Party-inspired remorse from big government Republicans? Simple: it's a liberty-stealing assault on our privacy and common sense, outrageously expensive, and doesn't solve any of the problems it's intended to fix. That's only for starters. The most egregious feature is that the ban makes fools of the American people who willingly succumb to such nonsense from Washington, DC. Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI) campaigning to advance his chances in ascending the chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee now says he'd open hearings to reconsider the phase out...
  • German "heatball" wheeze outwits EU light bulb ban (Lightbulb=Heater)

    10/16/2010 3:16:28 PM PDT · by PROCON · 30 replies · 1+ views
    reuters ^ | Oct. 15, 2010 | Michelle Martin
    (Reuters) - A German entrepreneur is bypassing a European Union ban on light bulbs of more than 60 watts by marketing his own brand as mini heaters.
  • The light bulb switchover: in the dark

    10/10/2010 9:22:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 130 replies
    mt mail ^ | 9/29/2010 | Edwin Feulner, Ph.D.
    So, are you ready to comply with the federal government's ban on incandescent light bulbs? Me neither. Starting in January 2012, a little over a year from now, the phase-out begins. Simple, inexpensive lighting will become a time-capsule item. Compact-fluorescent lights, or CFLs - the bulbs that look like a twisted ice-cream cone (and won't fit in many light fixtures where space is tight) - will become the new norm. Anyone who has priced CFLs knows they're not cheap. Supposedly they're worth the extra money because they'll last longer. That's cold comfort, though, given the dull, unnatural glow that these...
  • Not such a bright idea.

    09/29/2010 5:25:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    Fresh Ink (GOPUSA) ^ | September 29, 2010 | Kay Daly
    When the government regulates how much water a toilet can flush, or what kind of lightbulbs you can put in your table lamps at home, the Constitution looks pretty small in the rear view mirror. Exactly where in the Constitution does it say that it is the government's business how much water my toilet is flushing or what kind of lightbulb illuminates my household? But the busybodies in the environmental movement have folks convinced of a lot of things that just aren't so. Remember the campaign that passed the lightbulb bill? The holier-than-thou greenies told us that if we only...
  • How many congressmen does it take to screw in a light bulb? (MERCURY may kill your children)

    09/23/2010 11:58:18 AM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 72 replies
    Daly Caller ^ | 09/23/10 | Alexis Levinson
    If not disposed of properly, CFL light bulbs, which Congress is pushing as a preferable and energy efficient alternative to incandescent bulbs, may poison you, contaminate your food and water supply, destroy the environment and kill your children. If light bulbs were regulated like cigarettes, this is what it might say on the side of the box of “environmentally friendly” bulbs that you just picked up at Target. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 banned almost all use of incandescent bulbs (the normal looking ones that pop up over cartoon characters’ heads in moments of brilliance) by 2014....
  • Obama's War On Light Bulbs

    09/13/2010 9:11:08 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 63 replies · 1+ views
    National Review Online ^ | September 13, 2010 | Greg Pollowitz
    What would Thomas Edison say? IBD editors: Eco-Extremism: A light bulb factory closes in Virginia as mandated fluorescents are made in China. It’s now a crime to make or ship for sale 75-watt incandescent bulbs in the European Union. Welcome to green hell. Thomas Alva Edison was a genius credited with the invention of many things — the phonograph, the motion picture, the incandescent light bulb, global warming. That last credit was given by those who rank light bulbs right up there with the internal combustion engine as ravagers of the planet.
  • Thomas Edison, You're Under Arrest

    09/10/2010 5:59:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 10, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Eco-Extremism: A light bulb factory closes in Virginia as mandated fluorescents are made in China. It's now a crime to make or ship for sale 75-watt incandescent bulbs in the European Union. Welcome to green hell. Thomas Alva Edison was a genius credited with the invention of many things — the phonograph, the motion picture, the incandescent light bulb, global warming. That last credit was given by those who rank light bulbs right up there with the internal combustion engine as ravagers of the planet. The General Electric light bulb factory in Winchester, Va., closed this month, a victim, along...
  • Last Incandescent Bulb Factory To Close

    09/09/2010 7:47:50 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 94 replies
    MyFOX9.com ^ | Sept. 8, 2010 | None
    The last General Electric factory in the U.S. to manufacture incandescent light bulbs is set to close its doors next month, as a federal move toward green technology has made the product obsolete, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. The Winchester, Va., plant partly fell victim to energy conservation legislation passed by Congress that will require Americans to start using more efficient bulbs by 2014, the report said. The 200 workers at the plant will lose their jobs when the doors shut for the final time, as the replacement bulbs, known as compact fluorescents (CL), are manufactured mainly overseas. According to...
  • Light bulb factory closes; End of era for U.S. means more jobs overseas

    09/08/2010 1:40:25 PM PDT · by freespirited · 121 replies · 3+ views
    Wapo ^ | 09/08/10 | Peter Whorisky
    WINCHESTER, VA. - The last major GE factory making ordinary incandescent light bulbs in the United States is closing this month, marking a small, sad exit for a product and company that can trace their roots to Thomas Alva Edison's innovations in the 1870s. The remaining 200 workers at the plant here will lose their jobs. "Now what're we going to do?" said Toby Savolainen, 49, who like many others worked for decades at the factory, making bulbs now deemed wasteful. During the recession, political and business leaders have held out the promise that American advances, particularly in green technology,...
  • Save the Light Bulb

    09/06/2010 12:39:10 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 147 replies
    Red State ^ | September 3, 2010 | Erick Erickson
    Dear John Boehner, Ted Poe, and Members of the incoming 112th Congress: If you do only one thing in your time in Washington, and frankly I hope you do only one thing given your propensity to expand government (other than eradicating Obamacare), it is this: SAVE THE LIGHT BULB. People may not realize it, but one of the first acts of the Democratic Congress in 2007, was to ban the light bulb effective in 2014. Seriously. Now, you may say that this is an exaggeration, and it is a bit, but the incandescent light bulb is the light bulb of...
  • EDITORIAL: Light-bulb grabbers at it again--New labels and mandates an example of nanny-state excess

    06/25/2010 4:56:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 86 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 25, 2010 | Editorial
    In the midst of an economic crisis, troubles in Afghanistan and various terrorist threats around the globe, the last thing on the minds of Americans is the light bulb. That didn't stop the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) earlier this month from releasing 91 pages of regulations that will force manufacturers to revise their packaging and make costly compact fluorescent bulbs appear more appealing to consumers. Congress ordered these changes in 2007 as part of its decision to force the dim, overpriced, mercury-filled product on a public that so far has refused to embrace it willingly. Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, bureaucratic...
  • Energy-saving bulbs 'get dimmer'

    11/19/2009 11:15:16 PM PST · by kingattax · 90 replies · 1,848+ views
    BBC News ^ | 19 November 2009
    Energy-efficient light bulbs lose on average 22% of their brightness over their lifetime, a study has found. In some cases they emit just 60% as much light as traditional models which are being phased out of shops, it says. The study in Engineering and Technology magazine concluded that consumers were being misled by the bulbs' packaging. Of the 18 energy-saving bulbs tested over 10,000 hours by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, three stopped altogether.
  • The light bulb that lasts 25 years: ... but it will cost you £30

    10/24/2009 10:08:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 63 replies · 2,009+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 10/24/09 | David Derbyshire
    It could be the breakthrough that finally has consumers warming to the energy-saving light bulb. A version that brightens up instantly, costs just 88p a year to run and lasts up to 25 years has gone on sale in Britain for the first time. The only catch is that the new LED bulb will cost £30.
  • Official responsible for light bulb ban is a former communist (Europe-wide ban by 2012)

    09/13/2009 9:33:29 AM PDT · by Stoat · 12 replies · 961+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | September 12, 2009 | Richard Gray
    The man responsible for the Europe-wide ban on traditional light bulbs can be revealed as a former Soviet Communist party member from Latvia. Andris Piebalgs, 51, the European Commissioner for Energy, leads the team which drafted the controversial regulations that will see all incandescent bulbs phased out by 2012. Far from being a faceless bureaucrat, Mr Piebalgs has waged a public war against opponents of the ban, mocking their stance and accusing them of being “resistant to change”. Five UK MEPs – including representatives of Sinn Fein, Plaid Cymru, Labour and the Liberal Democrats – endorsed the policy in a...
  • America's Dim Bulbs

    09/10/2009 5:57:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 1,826+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 10, 2009
    Energy Savings: Europe's ban on the incandescent light bulb began phasing in this month, and the U.S. will soon follow. Is Thomas Edison to blame for global warming? And why are we exporting green jobs?When the warm-mongers assemble in Copenhagen this December to hammer out a successor to the failed Kyoto Protocol, no doubt their work to save the earth from the carbon dioxide that gives it life will take place under the eerie light thrown off by compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) mandated by the European Union to fight climate change. The bulbs are more expensive, costing up to...
  • Obama's Death Panels to Unravel Lightbulb Savings(Are cheating seniors from conservation rapture)

    09/03/2009 5:44:11 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 9 replies · 469+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 9/3/09 | Luminus Maximus
    All of our 75 million senior citizens tossed under the ObamaCare bus have one more reason to storm the town hall meetings. Once Obama's death panels get to work seniors won't live long enough to enjoyof the energy savings they have been promised to break even from buying higher priced CFLs instead of using energy hog incandescent lightbulbs . Retailers like Lowes, Home Depot and Walmart will soon have Health and Human Services government mortality tables displayed in their lightbub aisles alongside info on lumens and lightbulb life. Typically CFLs cost four to six times as much as incandescents but...
  • Obama's Death Panels to Unravel Lightbulb Savings

    09/02/2009 10:52:52 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 11 replies · 797+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 9-3-09 | Luminus Maximus
    Return to the Article September 03, 2009Obama's Death Panels to Unravel Lightbulb SavingsBy Luminus Maximus All of our 75 million senior citizens tossed under the ObamaCare bus have one more reason to storm the town hall meetings. Once Obama's death panels get to work seniors won't live long enough to enjoyof the energy savings they have been promised to break even from buying higher priced CFLs  instead of using energy hog incandescent lightbulbs . Retailers like Lowes, Home Depot and Walmart will soon have Health and Human Services government mortality tables displayed in their lightbub aisles alongside info on...
  • Ban On Popular Light Bulbs A Real Turn-Off

    08/31/2009 12:13:30 AM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 25 replies · 985+ views
    Sky News ^ | August 30, 2009 | Emma Birchley
    Shoppers are stockpiling traditional light bulbs while they still have the chance. An EU ban comes into force on Tuesday making it illegal for retailers and wholesalers to import most of the old-style bulbs. It means once stocks have run out, the only ones available will be the more pricey, low energy variety. Roger King, who runs Hampton Hill Hardware in Middlesex, said: “I’ve taken orders this week for quantities in the 50s and 100s.” “People don’t like being told what to do for a start. Many are concerned that they are not going to be able to see properly...
  • Say Goodbye to the Incandescent Light Bulb (And Your Eyesight)

    08/30/2009 8:20:53 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 73 replies · 3,045+ views
    The incandescent light bulb has only two years to live. As part of the 2007 Energy bill, the bulbs must be phased out between 2012 and 2014. And the bill is already having a negative effect on American Industry: Last month, GE announced it will close the Winchester Bulb Plant 80 miles west of D.C. As a result, 200 men and women will lose their jobs. GE is also shuttering incandescent factories in Ohio and Kentucky, axing another 200 jobs. GE blamed environmental regulations for the closing. The first paragraph of the company’s July 23 press release explained: “A variety...
  • Energy saving light bulbs offer dim future

    08/30/2009 5:43:44 PM PDT · by kingattax · 245 replies · 4,418+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 29 Aug 2009 | Richard Gray and Julia McWatt
    Energy saving light bulbs are not as bright as their traditional counterparts and claims about the amount of light they produce are "exaggerated", the European Union has admitted.Soon they will be the only kind of light bulb allowed, but now officials in Brussels have admitted that energy-saving bulbs are not as bright as the old-fashioned kind they are replacing.Soon they will be the only kind of light bulb allowed, but now officials in Brussels have admitted that energy-saving bulbs are not as bright as the old-fashioned kind they are replacing. From tomorrow a Europe-wide ban on traditional incandescent bulbs will...
  • Timothy P. Carney: How GE's Green Lobbying Is Killing U.S. Factory Jobs (this one is important)

    08/28/2009 6:38:15 PM PDT · by khnyny · 14 replies · 1,133+ views
    WashingtonExaminer.com ^ | August 28, 2009 | Timothy P. Carney
    WINCHESTER, VA--“Government did us in,” says Dwayne Madigan, whose job will terminate when General Electric closes its factory next July. Madigan makes a product that will soon be illegal to sell in the U.S. - a regular incandescent bulb. Two years ago, his employer, GE, lobbied in favor of the law that will outlaw the bulbs. Madigan’s colleagues, waiting for their evening shift to begin, all know that GE is replacing the incandescents for now with compact fluorescents bulbs, which GE manufactures in China. Last month, GE announced it will close the Winchester Bulb Plant 80 miles west of D.C....
  • European Union ban on lightbulbs leads to a dim future

    08/25/2009 10:35:47 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 41 replies · 1,854+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/25/2009 | Max Davidson
    Energy-saving lightbulbs are inferior in quality to the traditional models covered by the European Union ban. If you have missed this story, it is probably because you have been reading your daily newspaper in such poor light that you have given up the struggle. Since January 1 this year, when leading retailers announced a voluntary ban on stocking traditional 100-watt incandescent light bulbs, those glorious domestic globes with their Rubens-esque curves, the lights have been going out all over Britain. And life is about to be a whole lot darker. From September 1, shops will no longer be able to...
  • Public told to snoop on lightbulb law breakers

    08/24/2009 7:08:49 AM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 30 replies · 1,260+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | August 24, 2009
    The public have been asked to 'snoop' on shopkeepers who continue to sell traditional light bulbs banned by Europe. From September 1, it will be illegal to import conventional pearl or frosted bulbs of any shape or wattage. Traditional incandescent bulbs of 100 watts will also be banned under European law aimed at reducing energy bills and carbon dioxide emissions. They will be replaced by energy saving lights, which usually use flourescent tubes, but it is thought some consumers will still prefer their 'traditional' bulbs, particularly for reading lamps. There is evidence of people hoarding the old fashioned bulbs around...
  • GE to shut down Oakville light bulb plant(180 jobs lost as energy efficient light bulbs have...)

    08/04/2009 5:16:39 PM PDT · by fanfan · 9 replies · 719+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | Aug 04, 2009 | Canadian Press Staff
    Comments on this story (22) THE CANADIAN PRESS General Electric Corp. is shutting down a light bulb manufacturing plant in Oakville with the loss of about 180 jobs. The company said late today that the work will be shifted to other GE plants and also subcontracted to outside suppliers over the next year. The unit, GE Consumer & Industrial, informed its employees at the plant just west of Toronto earlier in the day. The plant makes incandescent, fluorescent and halogen light bulbs. It employs 160 hourly production workers and 20 salaried employees. The factory floor workers are represented by Local...