Congress Strikes Deal On New Light Bulb Rules

Republicans in Congress are flipping the dimmer switch on a law that sets new energy-savings standards for light bulbs.

They've reached a deal to delay until October enforcement of new standards that some fear will be the end of old-style, 100-watt bulbs. GOP lawmakers say they're trying to head off more government interference in people's lives.

But environmentalists and the light bulb industry say the move is not too bright.

Rep. Fred Upton, a Michigan Republican who chairs the House energy panel, said the delay shows Congress is listening to Americans who don't want the government determining how they light their homes.

But Sen. Jeff Bingaman, a New Mexico Democrat who leads the Senate energy panel, said the move only confuses industry and the public.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2011 at 06:18 PM
    I have started stock piling light bulbs. I hate the bulbs they want to replace them with. I have them in one room and will not put them anywhere else. When they stop working they will go in the trash. I will not be going out of my way to take special steps to dispose of them.
  • by BLAHammed on Dec 16, 2011 at 04:21 PM
    As screwed up as congress has been since 2006,at least somebody in there finally came up with a bright idea.Bet it was not a dumpofcrap oops democrap.
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Dec 16, 2011 at 04:18 PM
    NOW all we need do is remove some existing laws and enact quick thurough cleansing of Death Row. Crime rates will drop and idioacy will have been annileated from the American Gene pool. America spoke and representatives are wow representing. Awesome concept of politics HUH?
  • by Dawg on Dec 16, 2011 at 03:00 PM
    Among the other things that others don't like I also don't like having light bulbs filled with mercury and the fact that in some people it can cause skin cancer. Whose side is the US Govt on anyway? It sure is not on the side of the American people.
  • by this guy Location: snow hill on Dec 16, 2011 at 02:31 PM
    I also hate the way the of light that the new light bulbs give off. Another thing, have you ever read the instrutions on what to do if one of the new bulbs break??? REALLY!!! You would think they were made of nuclear waste!!!
  • by this guy Location: snow hill on Dec 16, 2011 at 02:30 PM
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      by clint on Dec 16, 2011 at 04:09 PM in reply to this guy
      Dang! "this guy" gets his one post posted seven times in a row. Half or more of mine (clean and well thought out) never get through. What's up with that? As usual, Obama "One and Done" Count on it!!! Maybe that's it?
  • by g-man Location: GREENVILLE on Dec 16, 2011 at 02:16 PM
    how coolhow much did someone paid they to do that
  • by ibxer on Dec 16, 2011 at 01:10 PM
    No wonder China and other countries are outpacing us in technology, etc. But hey, it's our God Given, Freedom Loving right to be literally stuck in the dark ages. Where do Republicans think all the power is going to come from for all those 100 watt light bulbs that were going to be phased out on Jan. 1? That's right only 100 WATT light bulbs were going to be outlawed. Have fun paying for new nukes...they ain't cheap to build.
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      by Audra - SoCal on Dec 16, 2011 at 03:40 PM in reply to ibxer
      Actually it's set up to go in phases, with 100 watt first. They did not forget to obliterate all the other wattages, unfortunately. Trust me, they're trying to take away all of our incandescent bulbs.
  • by Joe Location: Pitt on Dec 16, 2011 at 12:54 PM
    The new bulbs last NO LONGER than the old ones. Those '7 year' bulbs don't even last 1/4 of that. It's all a sham. I also read an article where if this goes through, the element made to produce the bulb will skyrocket since CHINA, of all places, has the element. Those expensive bulbs will then cost even more and even more money will continue to go to CHINA. And yes, I work in the environmental field and am NOT for this.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Dec 16, 2011 at 12:50 PM
    Oh, they don't want government telling you what light bulbs to buy, but they have no problem telling you whether or not you can have an abortion! C'mon!
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      by ANON on Dec 16, 2011 at 01:35 PM in reply to Barlow
      What's that got to do with anything??
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        by Obama Snake Oil co on Dec 16, 2011 at 03:39 PM in reply to ANON
        Thats just Barlow....kind of like...is the temperature in the Andies compare to the light of the sun at ebtide during a lunar eclipse...yeah...one of those...
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