Seeing the Light


Has President Obama done it again; outlawed the lightbulbs of Edison in favor of those strange, expensive bulbs that pollute and can’t be used with dimmer switches?

Did House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Michigan) have it correct when he said Big Government is substituting its own judgment for the market’s?

Actually and emphatically – NO!

There never has been a Federal law banning Edison’s incandescent lightbulbs.  There is a Federal law that mandates an increase in energy efficiency, signed by President George W. Bush in 2007 – seven years ago.  And one of the sponsors of that bill was the very same Congressman Fred Upton, who said at the time that the law would “help preserve energy resources and reduce harmful emissions, all while saving American families billions of dollars on their electric bills.”  The Congressman “…later led the Tea-Party fueled effort to stop Obama from enforcing the new standards….” (Michael Grunwald, TIME, March 20, 2013, Business 6).

He saw the light and then somehow became convinced otherwise.

Can’t help but wonder how much of that convincing involved tax-empt Tea Party dollars.

Gotta go.  I’m buying a few more of those LED bulbs that cost $12.97, but are manufactured in North Carolina (Cree, Inc.), last up to $25,000 hours (about 2.8 years without turning off the light), and cost $1.14 a year to operate.  And I may be wrong, but I think they work with dimmer switches and don’t pollute any more than my Edison incandescents.

 

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