Monday, March 07, 2011

Bachmann puts incandescent-bulb ban in crosshairs

The course reversal being considered now in Congress already has been endorsed by talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh.

"One of the first things the Democrat Congress did when they were sworn in and took the oath in 2007 was this light bulb ban," Limbaugh said in a recent program. "So I think symbolically one of the first things we ought to do is repeal it. ...

"The government ought to have not a damn thing to say about the light bulb I buy. It's none of their business, especially when this is based on a total, freaking hoax [climate change].

"It insults my intelligence that so many people can be made to believe that light bulbs could destroy or irreparably harm something as complex and out of our control as the climate!" he shouted. "I don't care if there are billions of light bulbs on at the same time. I don't care. It's not a factor."

Limbaugh then went on a tirade about Big Brother-style intrusion and incompetence...
If Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) can pull this off and get her bill passed, it would be wonderful. I was listening to a radio show ("Coast to Coast A.M.") just the other day, where they were discussing the CFLs replacing the incandescent bulbs. The way the law was written, all incandescents will be phased out by 2014 by starting with the 100 watt bulbs first, then working their way down through the scale (75, 60, 40, 25...). Callers asked what would happen to bulbs for ovens, microwaves, or even for chandeliers? Somebody quipped something like, "Those CFLs would look pretty tacky in a chandelier!"

There is another aspect of the ban on incandescents that isn't mentioned like it should be. CFL bulbs aren't necessarily the only product that can be used to replace Edison's great invention. There are LED lights. They are much safer than the CFL, but their cost is still pretty high.

My thinking about the government-mandated CFL bulbs would be right along with what Rush Limbaugh said. It is really about the government trying to run our lives. As Rush Limbaugh opined:
They have no business whether I buy a Big Mac, nobody's business how many calories are in it, nobody's business whether there's food justice or what the hell, what kind of toys are in a Big Mac Happy Meal. These people are an order of fries short of a Happy Meal, as far as I'm concerned, and they got no business telling me what kind of light bulb I can and can't have and when I can turn the damn thing on and off, but they sure want that power.

Bachmann puts incandescent-bulb ban in crosshairs
Demands assurances that mercury in replacement CFLs offer 'no health risks'

By Bob Unruh

March 04, 2011 ~ 1:00 am Eastern

© 2011 WorldNetDaily

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has proposed a bill that would reverse a ban on incandescent light bulbs scheduled to take effect next year unless it can be shown that the replacement products – compact fluorescents – don't offer a risk to consumers.

WND reported only two months ago that a team of some 15 members of the U.S. House, including Bachmann, introduced H.R. 91 that would repeal parts of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which has been described as a "de facto ban" on the incandescent light bulb.

Congress claimed that incandescents were bigger consumers of energy than compact fluorescent bulbs. Since passage of the bill there has been a tidal wave of opposition over the government's micromanagement of light bulb choices and the dangers of CFLs.

A compact fluorescent bulb (CFL)
Now, Bachmann has proposed H.R. 849, which would set several conditions for the ban on incandescents, including assurances that "there are no public health risks from the mercury in replacement bulbs at home or in any public building."

The bill also requires the government to document the "net savings in the combination of monthly electric bills and expenses for new light fixtures to accommodate the new required bulbs."

And it would demand assurances that the phase-out "will reduce CO2 emissions by 20 percent by 2025."


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