Friday, December 16, 2011

Finally, a bright idea from Washington

I am glad to see that the "40 watt bulbs in congress," were overshadowed by the brighter members of our elected representatives on this issue. My wife and I have been dreading this law and as a result, we have been stockpiling incandescent bulbs for the day that this stupid law went into effect.

The bottom line, there are millions of people adversely affected by fluorescent lighting and fluorescent bulbs. The effects of the light emitted is a health issue and my wife is one of those affected. I also do not like the light given off by these new generation fluorescent bulbs or their delayed response in coming on. No do i care for the supposed environmental benefits, when the first thing i have to do is dispose of them as a "HAZMAT" related item.

People should begin writing their representatives again to thank them and tell them that they do not want the government mandating what kinds of light bulbs they can buy.

Congress overturns incandescent light bulb ban

 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 through a 2007 law that would have set energy efficiency standards that effectively made the traditional light bulb obsolete.

Stopping the bulb ban was a chief GOP priority coming into this year, with all of the candidates seeking to become chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee saying they would push through a repeal. That bill cleared the House but Democrats blocked its consideration in the Senate.

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