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  • FTC turns lights on decorative bulbs

    06/17/2014 12:43:41 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 17 2014 | Tim Devaney
    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may require decorative light bulbs to publish energy labels that provide consumers with information about a bulb's brightness, color, life, energy use, and estimated annual energy cost. The FTC announced Tuesday it is considering new rules that would require decorative and other specialty light bulbs to comply with the same energy labeling rule that other, more traditional light bulbs have been following since 2010. The Lighting Facts label can be found on general service light bulbs, such as incandescents, fluorescents, and LEDs. But, so far, decorative lights have been exempt from the labeling rule. This...
  • 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,...
  • Newly Installed White House Solar Panels Will Generate Power For a Whopping Six Light Bulbs

    05/11/2014 11:23:57 AM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    IJReview ^ | Soopermexican
    In case you had any doubt about the efficacy of government, just consider the four year struggle to get solar panels on the White House, which has culminated in the breathless announcement that they will now generate the power to run all of six light bulbs. Here’s the pivotal sentence of the announcement: And while the energy produced by the White House panels may not be all too significant—they’ll generate an estimated 6.3 kilowatts worth of energy—the message it sends is. Oh good another “symbolic” achievement by Obama – he’s getting great at those! Not so much at actual achievements,...
  • 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...
  • How Conservatives Lost the Light Bulb (and Got it Back Again)

    02/05/2014 8:15:44 AM PST · by rktman · 56 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 2/5/2014 | Gretchen Olson
    Average American conservatives, many of them self-associated with the Tea Party movement, are dancing a little jig, this time in warm light. In the negotiated draft of the recently passed omnibus spending bill, they got their beloved incandescent lights back. Many only realized after a Christmastime flurry of emails that the yellow bulbs were becoming illegal in 2014. In fact, the federal law which nearly made them extinct for home use has been on the books almost seven years.
  • Omnibus deal cuts EPA spending, ends light bulb ban

    01/14/2014 3:37:16 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 1-13-14 | Zack Coleman
    Republicans won several energy and environment concessions in the $1.012 trillion fiscal 2014 spending bill House and Senate lawmakers unveiled late Monday, though attempts to handicap a slew of Environmental Protection Agency regulations did not make it into the final version. The package will maintain spending levels for a review of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site, end funding for the federal light bulb standard and soften policies that restrict public financing for construction of coal-fired power plants abroad. The overall deal would fund the government through Sept. 30, preventing another government shutdown. Since current funding expires Wednesday, lawmakers are...
  • If you like your light bulb, you can keep your light bulb

    01/05/2014 5:38:17 AM PST · by IbJensen · 37 replies
    The New American ^ | 1/33/2013 | Chip Wood
    Actually, just like Barack Obama’s promise regarding health insurance, this one’s not true either. As of Jan. 1 (Happy New Year, by the way!), the import or manufacture of 40-watt or 60-watt light bulbs is now forbidden in the United States. This follows the ban on 75-watt and 100-watt bulbs, which had already been implemented. I wish we could blame this on the current Administration, but actually this assault on our freedom of choice goes back to 2007, when Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act and it was signed into law by President George W. Bush. Yep, the...
  • The light bulb ban provides a useful window into the mindset of liberals:

    01/03/2014 6:49:32 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 39 replies
    No Pasaran ^ | 01/01/2014 | No Pasaran
    Regardless of party affiliations, true conservatives have made the old fashioned light bulb—an unassuming household item—into a symbol for something much larger. But what, exactly? At the risk of sounding melodramatic, it has become symbolic of the fight between liberty and tyranny. The light bulb ban provides a useful window into the mindset of liberals. Here’s how they see the issue: energy-saving bulbs are better, therefore the others should be illegal. The pattern repeats itself in nearly every other realm: they determine the best policy, then impose it in a top down manner with no regard for states, localities, or...
  • Dems Close Borders to Stop Illegal Light Bulb Trafficking [Satire]

    01/01/2014 5:10:57 PM PST · by expat1000 · 20 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 12/30/2013 | Komissar Blogunov
    “I am proud to sign this bill into law,” reverberated President Obama at a signing ceremony. “Border security has been a top priority of this administration, and we will never rest until our borders are secure. I never said that if you like your light bulb you could keep your light bulb, somebody else said that,” grinned the president in a good-natured joke at his expense. Looking over his shoulder at a small audience of citizens representing Democrats United for Limited Lighting (DULL), a young pregnant woman passed out, but was caught before falling to the floor.
  • Incandescent light bulb ban starts Jan. 1, 2014

    12/30/2013 10:49:05 AM PST · by Carbonsteel · 71 replies
    CBC News ^ | 12/18/2013 | The Canadian Press
    No rules yet for recycling mercury-containing alternatives A federal ban on inefficient light bulbs goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014, almost seven years after it was announced with fanfare by a then-rookie Conservative government. But the tough regulations are being watered down, and there are no federal rules yet on recycling a class of bulbs that meet the new standard but contain toxic mercury.
  • Countdown to lightbulb tyranny!!!

    12/28/2013 1:40:54 PM PST · by djf · 83 replies
    January 1st, 60 watt and 40 watt incandescents become unavailable. As soon as I hit "post", I'm out the door to Home Depot!
  • Time to Stock Up on Incandescent Bulbs Before They Go Out Permanently

    12/26/2013 4:33:05 AM PST · by IbJensen · 65 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | December 26, 2013 | Nicholas Loris
    If your New Year’s resolution is to change your light bulbs, don’t worry—the federal government’s here to help. Beginning January 1, 2014, the federal government will ban the use of 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs. The light bulb has become a symbol in the fight for consumer freedom and against unnecessary governmental interference into the lives of the American people. 2007, Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law an energy bill that placed stringent efficiency requirements on ordinary incandescent bulbs in an attempt to have them completely eliminated by 2014. The law phased out 100-watt and...
  • The man who saved the lightbulb

    12/18/2013 5:21:49 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 16, 2013 | Jeremy A. Kaplan
    A modern day Edison has a bright idea: a way to keep the incandescent bulb burning brightly, despite a government law set to go into effect New Year’s Day that effectively outlaws the most commonly used lightbulbs. Most bulbs, that is. Not those made by lightbulb savior Larry Birnbaum. “When the government decided to ban incandescent lightbulbs, they left a loophole in the law. An opening,” Birnbaum told FoxNews.com. “What that was was rough service.”
  • No more incandescent light bulbs after January 1

    11/08/2013 5:58:27 AM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 86 replies
    wthr ^ | 11 8 13
    Starting next year, it's lights out for certain types of light bulbs in the United States. You'll no longer be able to buy an incandescent light bulb starting January 1, 2014. Under the Energy Efficiency and Security Act of 2007, signed into law by then- President George W. Bush, light bulbs must become more efficient in terms of energy used for generated light. That means incandescent lights are phased out. And you'll reduced to choose between a compact fluorescent (CFL) or light emitting diode (LED) bulb. For example, instead of burning 60 watts when you turn on the lights, you...
  • Residents warned of mercury exposure after fluorescent light bulbs dumped at Dallas playground

    10/05/2013 8:04:02 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 74 replies
    DALLAS -- The parks and recreation department is warning residents near a south Dallas playground to be on the lookout for symptoms of mercury exposure after light bulbs were illegally dumped at the playground and a vacant lot across the street. Nearly 1,000 electrical and fluorescent light bulbs were found Thursday at the Peary Play Lot in the 2800 block of Peary Ave. near Malcolm X Boulevard.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • EPA Settlement: Company Must Spend $76,952 to Replace Light Bulbs

    04/04/2013 9:26:24 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 17 replies
    CNS News ^ | 4/3/2013 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - As part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Collins Inc. of Clinton, Iowa has agreed to a “re-lamping” of its facility with low-mercury fixtures at a projected cost of $76,952. The re-lamping will be a greater expense than the civil penalty to be paid. “A re-lamping project involving the replacement of high-mercury fluorescent fixtures and bulbs with low-mercury fluorescent fixtures and bulbs at its facility with a projected eligible cost of $76,952.00,” The EPA settlement says. The “re-lamping” will cost more than the $31,379 administrative civil penalty paid by Collins Inc., a manufacturer of metal...
  • 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...
  • New regulations pull the plug on the 75-watt incandescent light bulb

    01/01/2013 6:24:21 AM PST · by Libloather · 53 replies
    KTIV ^ | 1/01/13
    UNDATED (NBC) - As we say goodbye to 2012, we're also saying goodbye to a fixture in America's lighting fixtures: The 75-watt incandescent light bulb. Under federal law, 75-watt bulbs can no longer be produced or imported as of January 1st, though retailers can still clear remaining stock. **SNIP** Traditional 60 and 40 watt bulbs will be phased out in 2014.
  • Feds phase out more light bulbs in 2013

    01/01/2013 6:20:01 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 66 replies
    HOUSTON -- At the Light Bulb Depot near his home in The Heights, Randy Gingrich just bought another batch of florescent bulbs. “Since I started three years ago, I haven’t replaced a compact fluorescent yet,” he says. “So I’m happy with that.” “In my ceiling fans, each one of mine has four lights,” says Allen Tabb, who’s been selling light bulbs for 16 years. “So instead of using 240 watts of electricity, I only use 60 watts of electricity. And I get the same light output.” Sure, fluorescent bulbs are more expensive than old-fashioned incandescent bulbs and some people complain...
  • Goodbye, fluorescent light bulbs: New lighting technology won't flicker, shatter or burn out

    12/11/2012 9:51:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies
    Phys.org ^ | December 3, 2012 | NA
    EnlargeWake Forest University physics professor David Carroll works with graduate student Greg Smith on new FIPEL lighting technology. Credit: Ken Bennett, Wake Forest University photographer Say goodbye to that annoying buzz created by overhead fluorescent light bulbs in your office. Scientists at Wake Forest University have developed a flicker-free, shatterproof alternative for large-scale lighting. The lighting, based on field-induced polymer electroluminescent (FIPEL) technology, also gives off soft, white light – not the yellowish glint from fluorescents or bluish tinge from LEDs."People often complain that fluorescent lights bother their eyes, and the hum from the fluorescent tubes irritates anyone sitting at...
  • 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...
  • Did Congress Legislate Skin Cancer for All Americans?

    07/27/2012 3:59:17 PM PDT · by kingattax · 27 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | 7-27-12 | Giacomo
    Several years ago, a push began in Congress to make incandescent light bulbs illegal. The measure was designed to force Americans to use the more energy efficient CFL (compact florescent light bulbs). Supposedly, CFL bulbs use less electricity and last longer. However, I find that I have had to replace some CFL bulbs almost as often as incandescent bulbs. I still have incandescent bulbs that have been in use for many years and still burning brightly. I, like many consumers, resisted the forced legislation more because of cost more than anything else and I hate it when Congress keeps interfering...
  • Energy-efficient CFL bulbs cause skin damage, say researchers

    07/23/2012 9:28:46 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 44 replies
    Energy-efficient CFL bulbs cause skin damage, say researchers 8:52 AM 07/23/2012 ADVERTISEMENT New research funded by the National Science Foundation has scientists warning consumers about the potentially harmful effects energy-saving CFL light bulbs can have on skin. The warning comes based on a study conducted by Stony Brook University and New York State Stem Cell Science — published in the June issue of Photochemistry and Photobiology — which looked at whether and how the invisible UV rays CFL bulbs emit affect the skin. Based on the research, scientists concluded that CFL light bulbs can be harmful to healthy skin cells....
  • What the Supreme Court Obamacare Ruling Means for the Drinking Age

    07/02/2012 5:20:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 83 replies
    Newsweek/Daily Beast ^ | Jun 29, 2012 | Caitlin Dickson
    The Supreme Court justices’ stance on President Obama’s Medicaid expansion provision could be good news for states that want to lower their drinking ages from the federally mandated 21. ... The Supreme Court ruled that threatening to take away a state’s Medicaid funding unless the state does what the federal government wants is “unconstitutionally coercive” and declared it invalid. Because any given part of a Supreme Court decision can set a precedent for future laws and can even invalidate an established law if it is challenged using the Supreme Court’s new argument, the Medicaid decision could affect the National Minimum...
  • Triple Lutz Report--$50 Light Bulbs-Thanks to Your Dim Bulbs in Congress--Episode 169

    03/09/2012 9:59:46 AM PST · by appeal2 · 18 replies
    The Financial Survival Network ^ | 03/09/2012 | Kerry Lutz
    A trip to Home Depot this weekend revealed the shocking news that while some incandescent (Edison) bulbs are still available, our choice of bulbs has come down to: awful compact fluorescent bulbs that are hazardous to the environment and cost more; halogen bulbs, which cost many times the price of a regular bulb; and, the new and improved $50 LED bulb. While the LED bulbs are cool, 50 bucks is an outrageous price to be on the bleeding edge of technology. And for what purpose, to cut power consumption to stop non-existent global warming? I hope you're as outraged as...
  • CFL bulbs: Shedding Light on Misleading Performance Claims (EPA's claims about CFL's are bogus)

    01/14/2012 8:08:34 PM PST · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 185 replies · 1+ views
    By Kirk Myers, Seminole County Environmental News Examiner This article, the second in a series, focuses on the misleading performance claims surrounding the “more energy efficient” compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs now replacing traditional incandescent bulbs. These potentially harmful mercury-filled lamps (see my previous column describing the dangers) are being forced on consumers by the U.S. congress with support from the Green Lobby and light-bulb manufacturers like GE, Sylvania and Phillips. These and other manufacturers stand to make huge profits selling the more expensive CFLs (more on that issue in my next column). There is a growing body of evidence...
  • 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...
  • Howie Carr thread week of Dec. 18, 2011

    12/18/2011 3:10:27 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 22 replies
    howiecarr.com ^ | 12/18/11 | raccoonradio
    Howie thread for the week starting with his Sunday Boston Herald column, "Congress sees the light over bulb ban"
  • 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...
  • Congress overturns incandescent light bulb ban

    12/16/2011 5:30:52 AM PST · by markomalley · 125 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 16, 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...
  • Congress suspends light bulb ban <B>FUNDING</b>--Update to original reports of law change

    12/16/2011 9:58:09 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | December 15, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    UPDATE 2: 12/16/11 9AMPST It appears early reports were wrong, junkscience.com now reports that The deal agreed to in Congress merely deprives the Department oF Energy the funds to enforce the ban for 2012. The ban is still on the books — so the DOE may very well get the money next year or the year after or who knows when.  Original post follows:Blogging this from my cellphone. Reports coming in from my sources say it was suspended tonight, more later.UPDATE: from Politico -The shutdown-averting budget bill will block federal light bulb efficiency standards, giving a win to House Republicans...
  • Rejoice: Incandescent Light Bulb Ban Suspended

    12/16/2011 8:29:47 AM PST · by CedarDave · 93 replies · 2+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2011 | Kate Hicks
    As part of last night's omnibus budget bill which prevented government shutdown, Republicans won a small victory: they suspended the incandescent light bulb ban. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle bowed to widespread public pressure, as the American people made it clear they weren't interested in this literal government intrusion into their livingrooms. 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 through a 2007 law that would have set energy efficiency standards that effectively made the...
  • Light bulb sale thread!!!

    12/04/2011 3:48:27 PM PST · by djf · 128 replies
    I don't know of any now... but here are my thoughts... Sometime between now and Jan 1 large chains and even local stores will DUMP THEIR INVENTORY possibly for PENNIES ON THE DOLLAR! So if you hear about good deals for 100 watters, please post away. I need to stock up on the clear ones...
  • First, they came for our 100-watt bulbs

    12/02/2011 11:37:19 PM PST · by george76 · 104 replies
    NEW YORK POST ^ | December 1, 2011 | CLAUDIA ROSETT
    Include me among those crazed Americans who can’t walk into Home Depot, Target or my local grocery store right now without wanting to grab a king-sized shopping cart and stuff it to the gunwales with 100-watt incandescent light bulbs. Maybe it’s the sheer thrill of buying bulbs that in just a month, as of Jan. 1, 2012, will be banned for sale in America. What fun, in this incandescent twilight, to acquire legally what the federal government will soon treat as contraband. Or maybe it’s that gut sense that with the dollar teetering, those beloved old 100-watt bulbs will at...
  • 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!
  • Confessions of a Light Bulb Addict

    11/27/2011 4:00:30 PM PST · by radioone · 54 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11-27-11 | Claudia Rosett
    Please don’t think this is easy for me. I’m one of those crazed Americans who can’t walk into Home Depot, Target or my local grocery store right now without wanting to grab one of those king-sized shopping carts and stuff it to the gunwales with 100-watt incandescent light bulbs. Maybe it’s the sheer thrill of buying bulbs that in just over a month, as of Jan. 1, 2012, will be banned for sale in America. What fun, in this incandescent twilight, to acquire legally what the federal government will soon treat as contraband, should it appear in any American marketplace....
  • Time to stock up on light bulbs

    11/27/2011 11:06:52 AM PST · by jazusamo · 49 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 26, 2011 | Editorial
    Government ban on mercury-free fixtures takes effect Jan. 1Within four weeks, it will be a crime to manufacture a 100-watt version of Thomas A. Edison’s brilliant invention. Thanks to a Democratic Congress and the signature of President George W. Bush in 2007, anti-industrial zealots at the Energy Department received authority to blot out one of the greatest achievements of the industrial age. They’re coming for our light bulbs. Know-it-all bureaucrats insist that foisting millions of mercury-laden fluorescent tubes on the public is going to be good for the planet. The public obviously does not agree. Voting with their wallets, people...
  • Margaret Carlson imitates the Onion

    09/24/2011 10:00:03 AM PDT · by moneyrunner · 8 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 9/23/2011 | Moneyrunner
    The Wall Street Journal’s “Best of the Web” column by James Taranto has a regular feature called “Life imitates the Onion,” the Onion being a satirical publication. This morning as I was glancing through my local paper’s op-ed section I noted a column by Margaret Carlson that has to fit the definition. Trying to make fun of Republicans she noted that there is a lot of vocal opposition on the Right about the law that effectively bans 100 watt incandescent light bulbs. How did Congress do that? I’ll let Margaret Carlson explain: "Under the law … a 100-watt incandescent bulb...
  • Margaret Carlson imitates the Onion

    09/24/2011 9:55:00 AM PDT · by moneyrunner · 6 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 9/23/2011 | Moneyrunner
    The Wall Street Journal’s “Best of the Web” column by James Taranto has a regular feature called “Life imitates the Onion,” the Onion being a satirical publication. This morning as I was glancing through my local paper’s op-ed section I noted a column by Margaret Carlson that has to fit the definition. Trying to make fun of Republicans she noted that there is a lot of vocal opposition on the Right about the law that effectively bans 100 watt incandescent light bulbs. How did Congress do that? I’ll let Margaret Carlson explain: Under the law … a 100-watt incandescent bulb...
  • 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...
  • DHS to check, control your home energy use as an item of National Security

    12/20/2010 12:30:33 PM PST · by pabianice · 64 replies · 3+ views
    WRKO radio | 12/20/10
    Heard on car radio. Janet Napolitano has announced that since energy use is "a matter of national security," the DHS is setting in place a system to check on individuals' hone use of electricity, esp. ensuring that no light bulbs be incandescent in 2012. Good news for companies that sell remote-monitoring energy meters I guess. Obama is doubling-down again; intends to use executive authority to impose his rule.
  • Stocking up on light ahead of bulb phase-out (Government ban)

    08/25/2011 3:59:57 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 28 replies
    msnbc ^ | 8/24/2011 | staff
    Karen DeCoster is thinking of entering the lighting business. DeCoster, a certified public accountant from Detroit, has no experience in the field, but after hoarding 100-watt incandescent bulbs for months, she’s hoping to sell them on Craigslist for a profit. Starting in January, the traditional 100-watt incandescent bulbs that many Americans look to when lighting their homes will become a hot commodity. New federal efficiency standards, passed as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, will make the production of these bulbs illegal then, followed by 75-, 60- and 40-watt bulbs in later years. As the new...
  • How many Obamas does it take to BLAME a light bulb?

    08/15/2011 9:01:54 AM PDT · by Brookhaven · 3 replies
    vanity | 8-15-11 | self
    Yes, I know it's supposed to be CHANGE a light bulb, but since President Obama is starting on his blame America bus tour (where he'll explain how every problem is somebody elses fault), I thought BLAME a light bulb was more appropriate. Some examples to get things rolling: One to blame Bush and proclaim nobody could be expected to change a light bulb in just two years. Two, one to say he has already changed the light bulb and one to blame the tea party for pointing out that the new light bulb is not producing any light.
  • Shedding No Light on Bulb Issue

    07/27/2011 8:51:13 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/26/2011 | Jack Spencer
    Gov. Rick Snyder is keeping everyone in the dark as to where he stands on trying to help Michigan escape the upcoming federal ban on incandescent light bulbs. Legislation aimed at letting Michigan sidestep the ban has been introduced in the state Legislature. However, Snyder has remained mum as to whether he'd sign it or not. In his first seven months in office, Snyder has shown himself to be a pro-free-market fiscal conservative in some ways, but the jury remains out regarding the governor's position on enviro-mandates such as the light bulb ban. Any of several possibilities could explain Snyder's...
  • VIDEO: Battle of the Bulbs: The Clean Up

    07/25/2011 1:41:02 PM PDT · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 8 replies
    After returning from our day of asking Capitol Hill tourists about the government mandated phase out of incandescent light bulbs that begins in 2012, we got a first hand lesson in how the government expects Americans to handle the impending switch. As Dan Joseph got out of the car in the MRC garage, he dropped the CFL used as a visual aid during the shoot. CFL's contain Mercury which can be dangerous to humans is they are exposed to it. One might think that taking specific safety measures when disposing of broken light bulb is a bit alarmist, but as...
  • Feds can't make up minds on mercury bulbs

    07/23/2011 7:27:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | July 22, 2011 | WND
    In what critics call a classic case of the government working at cross purposes, Washington is forcing residents across the country to install mercury lighting inside their homes while phasing out mercury lighting outside homes to protect the environment. Yes, you read that right. In 2005, Congress passed a law banning mercury vapor streetlights – two years before it banned incandescent light bulbs in favor of mercury vapor compact florescent bulbs. Under the Energy Policy Act, signed by President Bush in August 2005, manufacturers cannot make or import ballasts for mercury vapor lights after Jan. 1, 2008. According to the...
  • VIDEO: The People Speak: Battle of the Bulbs

    07/22/2011 7:25:32 AM PDT · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 11 replies
    Light bulbs are a household item that Americans don't think about that frequently. So a lot of them were surprised to learn that the government had mandated a phase out of certain types of bulbs three years ago. The legislation set new light bulb efficiency standards that would effectively ban the production and sale of the traditional incandescent bulbs and essentially force consumers to make the switch over to compact fluorescent bulbs. MRCTV went to Capitol Hill and asked folks what they thought of the new bulbs and whether the government has any business telling Americans which one they should...
  • 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...