Dim Bulbs

Here’s to the Great State of Texas, the one that walks point for the other 49.

Just a few days after Governor Rick Perry incurred the wrath of Barack Obama and the imperious mavens of international jurisprudence by removing the alien murderer Humberto Leal Garcia from the gene pool in accordance with the laws of the sovereign Lone Star state, Congressman Joe Barton of the 6th District is leading a House revolt against the 2007 legislation that convicted Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulbs of crimes against radical environmentalists and sentenced them to die beginning in 2012.  Passed by the 110th Congress led by the left-wing madwoman Nancy Pelosi and the liberal conniver Harry Reid, and signed into law by George W. Bush, a Texan who should have remembered the Alamo, the grossly misnamed Energy Independence & Security Act

  • Requires roughly 25 percent greater efficiency for light bulbs, phased in from 2012 through 2014. This effectively bans the sale of most current incandescent light bulbs.
  • Requires roughly 200 percent greater efficiency for light bulbs, or similar energy savings, by 2020.
  • Requires automakers to boost fleetwide gas mileage to 35 mpg (14.8 km/l) by 2020. This applies to all passenger automobiles, including light trucks.
  • Requires vehicle technology and transportation electrification and incentives for the development of plug-in hybrids
  • Requires taxpayer funding for increased production of biofuels.
  • Requires taxpayer funding of research and development of solar energy, geothermal energy, and marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy technologies.
  • Requires creation of a taxpayer funded training program for “Energy efficiency and renewable energy workers”.
  • Creates the Office of Climate Change and Environment in the Department of Transportation.

This wasn’t legislation; it was Al Gore’s laundry list. Barack Obama’s Energy Secretary, the global Warmist and incipient totalitarian Dr. Steven Chu, says of the light bulb ban,

“We are taking away a choice that continues to let people waste their own money.”

Mandates are the Democrats’ game, of course, not choice, unless the choice is for abortion; and no Democrat alive ever saw a private dollar that he believed wouldn’t do better work in the profligate hands of the government.  But I digress.  Congressman Joe says,

“If I’m Al Gore, I can spend $5 or $6 for a pigtail light bulb. But if I’m an average family, I’m not sure I have the luxury of doing that. I’m not opposed to the CFLS [compact fluorescent light bulbs]. I think they should earn their way in the marketplace, not be given a monopoly so to speak.”

But who will choose lights that

brighten slowly, function poorly with dimmer knobs, and emit a color of light that many find unappealing.

Even worse, according to EnergyStar.gov, each CFL contains 4 milligrams of toxic mercury. An average CFL includes enough mercury to pollute 528 gallons of water, which would fill 10.5 typical, 50-gallon residential water heaters. As the EPA warns, “High exposures to inorganic mercury may result in damage to the gastrointestinal tract, the nervous system, and the kidneys.” [CFL Bulbs Inefficient, Job Killing – Newmax]

And you don’t want to drop one of those swirly bulbs:

Breaking a CFL triggers a significant health hazard that requires a 10-step cleanup. Among other things, EPA recommends “opening a window or door to the outdoor environment.” No problem . . . unless you occupy an apartment, hotel room, or office with sealed windows.

“Continue to air out the room where the bulb was broken and leave the H&AC system shut off, as practical, for several hours,” EPA counsels.

This might upset residents of Phoenix, where temperatures hit 105 degrees Tuesday. Likewise, opening one’s windows in Minneapolis might be unappealing in January, when highs average 22 degrees.

Old CFLs should be disposed of properly at recycling centers. Dream on. Most consumers will toss them in the trash with their tea bags. Mercury will accumulate in America’s landfills, possibly with disastrous results. [Ibid]

Jackass legislation–defy it, repeal it, and never, ever vote for the idiots that craft it.

See How Many Liberals Does It Take To Change A Light Bulb?

About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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13 Responses to Dim Bulbs

  1. RATIONALIZING and REASONING will ever be two different things. that shouldn’t be so hard to understand, should it?

  2. I have a friend with lupus, and she has to limit her exposure to florescent lighting. I must remember to ask her what she’s going to do about these new bulbs.


    Yesterday, I got a notice from the county as to how to dispose of these bulbs. Sheesh. The protocol I’ll have to follow!

  3. Bunni says:

    Bob, I sure hope this idiotic law gets overturned too! Those twisty bulbs, as you know, are BAD news. I hope this gets overturned soon, because if not, I have to start my stash of the regular bulbs. You can still buy 4 for $1 at the dollar stores! Never hurts to stock up.

    • Bob Mack says:

      Bad news, & the first thing in a long while we can’t blame on Obama. This one was Pelosi’s and Reid’s and the Compassionate Conservative’s…

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  5. bydesign001 says:

    Progressive failure by any other name is still Progressive failure. It is insanity that these self anointed gods keep getting re-elected.

    Excellent post Bob.

  6. bob says:

    I detest those horrible curly-fry bulbs and will resort to candles and oil lamps before I will use them. In houses with pets and small children, light bulbs get broken fairly regularly, and no one I know has the time or the patience to go through the long, complicated, hazardous process the experts recommend for cleaning up a broken curly-fry bulb. They advise you to throw away everything that came in contact with the wreckage, including rugs, carpeting, upholstery, clothing, etc. Like that’s gonna happen — do you know anyone who can afford to replace their carpeting and furniture every time a light bulb gets broken? I’ve had a couple of them break on me just recently, and both times the fragments were all over everything. Thank God they were incandescents and I was able to clean them up easily and quickly, without worrying about children or pets being poisoned or my house being contaminated. I’m stocking up on incandescents and I tell everyone I know that they should too, unless they actually relish the thought of being stuck using those miserable poison bulbs.

  7. Bob Mack says:

    Since the mandated use of CFL’s is totally insane, we have to again ask “Cui bono?”, who benefits? And since all of them are manufactured in China, we have at least part of the answer. From the Heartland Institute:

    The 2007 law imposed energy efficiency requirements that cannot be met by traditional incandescent light bulbs. Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), which are much more expensive than incandescent light bulbs, are the least expensive alternative. The manufacture of CFLs, however, is labor-intensive and too expensive to be done at U.S. wage rates.

    Doubling down on the job-killing green mandates contained in the 2007 energy bill, “The Obama administration has repeatedly thrown billions of dollars in subsidies to ‘green technologies’ that can’t compete in the marketplace, are higher priced and thus aren’t chosen by most consumers when they vote with their pocketbooks, don’t function as well, and are manufactured overseas,” said[ H. Sterling] Burnett, [senior fellow, National Center for Policy Analysis]

    “If the new energy-saving technologies being pushed by government are really that good, then we don’t need government to mandate them. And if they are being mandated, that’s a sure sign that they’re not very good.” –Sam Katzman, Competitive Enterprise Institute.

    More evidence, if any was needed, that the non-recovery of the economy was caused and is being sustained by the policies of the Democrats (Socialists).

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  9. JL says:

    Uh … you’re all kidding, right? Incandescent light bulbs are really heaters that just happen to emit some light. They’re so inefficient that its laughable. To oppose their elimination is like opposing elimination of traffic jams … there’s simply no downside, except to the people who make $$ from them. (or unless one just wants to vent against anything proposed by an opposing political party — but no rational person would ever do that).

    While current CFL’s are far from perfect, they undeniably use less energy, and that’s a good thing. LIke just-about every other product ever invented, CFL’s will improve in style, performance and cost — and, yeah, they could be mfr’d in the U.S. But as long as common sense takes a back seat to politics, the progress on energy efficiency is delayed. Why so many people think progress is a threat, I’ll never understand …

    • Bob Mack says:

      Possibly because using potentially toxic mercury lighting is not progress–it’s not even good illumination. Come on, a 10-step, EPA-recommended clean up procedure in the event of a broken bulb? If CFL’s are so damned wonderful, people would be clamoring for them instead of hoarding their old incandescents like old gold & silver coins (which the government also banned). I know I would. And, of course, it’s only coincidence that a major Democratic Party donor like General Electric also manufactures CFL’s in China–and that the elimination of the Edison bulb (for which they lobbied heavily) removes much of their competition. I ask again, Cui bono?

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