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Rejoice: Incandescent Light Bulb Ban Suspended
Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2011 | Kate Hicks

Posted on 12/16/2011 8:29:47 AM PST by CedarDave

As part of last night's omnibus budget bill which prevented government shutdown, Republicans won a small victory: they suspended the incandescent light bulb ban. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle bowed to widespread public pressure, as the American people made it clear they weren't interested in this literal government intrusion into their livingrooms.

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.

The bill doesn’t actually amend the 2007 law, but does prohibit the administration from spending any money to carry out the light bulb standards — which amounts to at least a temporary reprieve.

(Excerpt) Read more at townhall.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: greenagenda; lightbulbs
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1 posted on 12/16/2011 8:29:49 AM PST by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave

How did Fred Upton vote?


2 posted on 12/16/2011 8:31:36 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: CedarDave

YAY!!! My mom has been stockpiling light bulbs for a year now. Her garage looks like a wholesale club.


3 posted on 12/16/2011 8:32:01 AM PST by RedCell (Honor thy Father (9/6/07) - Semper Fi / "...it is their duty, to throw off such government...")
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To: CedarDave

And yet Obama can detain Americans with the military...


4 posted on 12/16/2011 8:32:16 AM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: CedarDave

I just bought 24 100W bulbs this week dammit.


5 posted on 12/16/2011 8:32:16 AM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: CedarDave

Whew! This saved us a ton of money, we were getting ready to majorly stock up on the incandescent bulbs tomorrow.


6 posted on 12/16/2011 8:33:16 AM PST by madison10
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To: CedarDave

Like there’s nothing more important to legislate in Mordor...


7 posted on 12/16/2011 8:33:45 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: CedarDave

Yay! I had a feeling it would go this way. The war against this stupidity isn’t won, but at least this skirmish went my way. I haven’t been stockpiling. So, in this, I won my bet.


8 posted on 12/16/2011 8:34:27 AM PST by Jemian
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To: CedarDave

But they didn’t overturn the ban. All they did was defund any enforcement.

How many manufacturers and retailers are going to want to keep making a selling a product that is still technically illegal?


9 posted on 12/16/2011 8:34:31 AM PST by EternalVigilance
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To: CedarDave

Here in California, we’ve already walked off the eco-cliff. Last week, I tried finding 100 watt bulbs at the local Home Depot and they said they no longer carry them. I’m pretty sure it has to do with the state of California acting on its own and banning 100 watt bulbs.


10 posted on 12/16/2011 8:34:40 AM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: CedarDave

I wonder how many light bulb manufacturers went out of business in anticipation of the ban?


11 posted on 12/16/2011 8:35:02 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (FOREIGN AID: A transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries)
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To: CedarDave
Suspension is not nearly enough.

Was the 55 mph speed limit suspended?

12 posted on 12/16/2011 8:35:35 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: CedarDave

Of course, they couldn’t be bothered to do this until after the last American manufacturer shut down their production line.


13 posted on 12/16/2011 8:35:45 AM PST by Stegall Tx (Living off your tax dollars can be kinda fun, but not terribly profitable.)
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To: CedarDave

I despise those sqiggly florescent light bulbs for reading by. I stocked up on GE Reveal full spectrum bulbs but did not go overboard.


14 posted on 12/16/2011 8:36:57 AM PST by dennisw (A nation of sheep breeds a government of Democrat wolves!)
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To: CedarDave

What happened to the XL pipeline?


15 posted on 12/16/2011 8:37:29 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: CedarDave

Now if they would also allow us to buy toilets that work properly and don’t need to be cleaned daily because they hold virtually no water in them. That’s another favorite example of government micromanagement of our lives.


16 posted on 12/16/2011 8:38:10 AM PST by Liberty1970 (Skepticism and Close-mindedness are two very different things.)
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To: CedarDave

I am sure organized crime is disappointed as contraband light bulbs could have been a hot product for bootlegging along with cigarettes and high flow toilets.


17 posted on 12/16/2011 8:38:24 AM PST by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

All of them. Lots of jobs lost. If there are “green jobs” are there “green jobless”.


18 posted on 12/16/2011 8:38:43 AM PST by Locomotive Breath
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To: CedarDave

Political posturing. How many manufacturers are now equipped to produce these two weeks before the ban was to go into effect? And how confident are they that it won’t return anytime soon?

Thanks, Republicans — too little, too late.


19 posted on 12/16/2011 8:38:43 AM PST by DJ Frisat
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To: CedarDave

“Republicans won a small victory: they suspended the incandescent light bulb ban”...

Repubics!...Please!...Take on the bigger battles!...small steps at first I guess...


20 posted on 12/16/2011 8:39:30 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: dennisw
"I stocked up on GE Reveal full spectrum bulbs but did not go overboard."

I do my damnedest to find any brand other than GE.

21 posted on 12/16/2011 8:40:50 AM PST by DJ Frisat
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To: CedarDave

As good as this news is, the last manufacturing facility of incandescent light bulbs in the U.S. (a GE plant in Winchester, VA) was closed this past year in anticipation of this ban going into effect. About 150 manufacturing jobs went away.


22 posted on 12/16/2011 8:41:28 AM PST by ReleaseTheHounds ("The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: DJ Frisat

That’s right. This is no victory. If it were, the RATs never would have let it into the bill. I’m glad I stocked up...big time...enough for family and friends if they want them.


23 posted on 12/16/2011 8:41:28 AM PST by clintonh8r (Living well is no longer the best revenge. Revenge is now the best revenge.)
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To: EternalVigilance
What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any new branch of commerce when he knows not that his plans may be rendered unlawful before they can be executed?

-James Madison
24 posted on 12/16/2011 8:41:38 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: CedarDave
My wife has been hoarding incandescent bulbs for the better part of a year now. Oh well, maybe we can sell them to the same chump who I hope will eventually buy all those Y2K freeze-dried foods we got 11 years ago in preparation for the collapse of civilization on the millenium.

I'd kind of hoped to make a killing off those in preparation for the End of the Universe in December 2012, but nobody's buying. Must be one of those "can't eat MREs after the world ends anyway, think I'll buy booze instead" kind of things.

25 posted on 12/16/2011 8:41:47 AM PST by Kenton
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To: Stegall Tx
Of course, they couldn’t be bothered to do this until after the last American manufacturer shut down their production line.

Exactly. Too little, too late (by design).

But since they didn't do a damn thing about the coal plant shut downs, or the Gulf drilling ban, or the XL pipeline suspension there will be no way to power these bulbs.

They all suck! They ALL MUST GO!

26 posted on 12/16/2011 8:42:29 AM PST by Drill Thrawl (The patient is too far gone to save.)
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To: CedarDave
What do you mean, they "suspended" it?

Are they still climing the nonexistent authority to ban or restrict this product, and just CHOOSING not to do so (yet)?

27 posted on 12/16/2011 8:44:10 AM PST by Jim Noble (To live peacefully with credit-based consumption and fiat money, men would have to be angels.)
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To: CedarDave
What do you mean, they "suspended" it?

Are they still climing the nonexistent authority to ban or restrict this product, and just CHOOSING not to do so (yet)?

28 posted on 12/16/2011 8:44:19 AM PST by Jim Noble (To live peacefully with credit-based consumption and fiat money, men would have to be angels.)
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To: cripplecreek

Perfect quote. Thanks.


29 posted on 12/16/2011 8:47:24 AM PST by EternalVigilance (With God Obama can't hurt us. Without God, George Washington couldn't save us.)
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To: Drill Thrawl
They all suck! They ALL MUST GO!

Good luck with that. The Tea party is in full retreat and the GOP intends to capitalize on it.
30 posted on 12/16/2011 8:48:40 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: CedarDave

Except of course GE has moved off shore and closed it’s incandescent factory in the US (with the exception of light bulbs that meet the EPA standards set by the 2007 law). You cannot find a 100W incandescent save for the multi wattage version ( which I use proudly). This is one of those that looks pretty but is nothing more than sound and fury signifying nothing.


31 posted on 12/16/2011 8:49:11 AM PST by Nifster
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To: cripplecreek

I’d like to amend your very apt question:

“How did THE REPUBLICAN SOURCE OF THIS FOOLISHNESS Fred Upton vote?”


32 posted on 12/16/2011 8:49:23 AM PST by NVDave
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To: CedarDave
Whoops! Found an earlier FR thread on the same topic:

Congress overturns incandescent light bulb ban

33 posted on 12/16/2011 8:49:37 AM PST by CedarDave
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To: cripplecreek

“The Tea party is in full retreat”....???

What you smokin?


34 posted on 12/16/2011 8:51:16 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: CedarDave

Not to look a Gift Horse in the mouth, but a PERMANENT cancellation of this silly regulation would have been far more reassuring.


35 posted on 12/16/2011 8:51:39 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: CedarDave

yay. The Democrats win the lottery, and the Republicans got the “moral victory” of getting the spare change the Democrats took from us given back. meh.

At almost the same time, the Republicans gave away both the 4th Amendment and Posse Comitatus. So at least we can have incandescent light bulbs in our homes as soldiers break through our doors and keep us in detention without arrest, indictment or trial. At least for what, another year?

I bet they use mercury bulbs in the detention centers, anyway.

Face it, that no matter the intentions of W. Bush, almost all the Patriot Act has been used for is to oppress honest American citizens, not fight terrorists. At this rate, living under Sharia Law will look freer than living in secular America.

And the Republicans are showing no signs of stopping anything the Democrats want to do, because the leadership AGREES with everything the Democrats are doing.


36 posted on 12/16/2011 8:52:39 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: CedarDave

This is irrelevant. The US factories that used to manufacture them have been shut down for years. Only 2nd and 3rd tier overseas manufacturers actually manufacture incandescent bulbs anymore, and quality and reliability have plummeted.


37 posted on 12/16/2011 8:52:49 AM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: CedarDave

Republicans didn’t win anything here.

Republicans were the source of this stupidity. As CrippleCreek points out for those in the know, Fred Upton, R-MI, was the sponsor of the legislation that banned 100W incandescent light bulbs from sale in the US.

Upton, moron that he is, attempted to reverse the ban this year, when it became abundantly clear that voters were furious about this meddling nonsense. He failed.

So now we’re left with the results of a law that people hold in contempt.

This is why the Republicans should be run out of DC at bayonet point... directly following the Democrats.


38 posted on 12/16/2011 8:53:23 AM PST by NVDave
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To: billorites

BUT, I bet you got a huge discount !


39 posted on 12/16/2011 8:54:01 AM PST by Renegade
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To: Paladin2

Keystone XL was approved in the house, still has to be debated in the senate and will be opposed by Obama. He is choosing environmentalists over unions in a gamble that he has the union vote no matter what, but greens would abandon him if he approves the project (which he will do anyway after the election).


40 posted on 12/16/2011 8:55:02 AM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

He ain’t smokin’ nothin’.

The man is stone-cold sober, awake and making careful, accurate appraisal of the situation around him.


41 posted on 12/16/2011 8:56:09 AM PST by NVDave
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To: Kenton

How much, and how much you want for it?


42 posted on 12/16/2011 8:56:35 AM PST by ExGeeEye (It will take a revolution to reinstate the constitution. (HT FtP))
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To: EternalVigilance

I must know dozens of people who would happily start small businesses out of their homes but don’t want to run afoul of a dozen different regulatory agencies and IRS.

I looked into “legally” starting a small engine repair business. It would cost me more than I would make and if I were successful and hired a few employees I’d just run into another wall of regulation.


43 posted on 12/16/2011 8:57:21 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: CedarDave

Figures. I just stocked up.


44 posted on 12/16/2011 9:00:53 AM PST by null and void (Day 1060 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: DJ Frisat

I suspect GE initiated the ban.


45 posted on 12/16/2011 9:02:32 AM PST by Cold Heart
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To: NVDave
Fred Upton, R-MI, was the sponsor of the legislation that banned 100W incandescent light bulbs from sale in the US.

The poster child for why "Any republican is better than any democrat" is a bull puckey mantra spouted by morons who don't think for themselves.
46 posted on 12/16/2011 9:02:47 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Liberty1970
Now if they would also allow us to buy toilets that work properly and don’t need to be cleaned daily because they hold virtually no water in them. That’s another favorite example of government micromanagement of our lives.

Thank you, Sen Al Gore.

47 posted on 12/16/2011 9:03:45 AM PST by null and void (Day 1060 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: CedarDave
The bill doesn’t actually amend the 2007 law, but does prohibit the administration from spending any money to carry out the light bulb standards — which amounts to at least a temporary reprieve.

The mechanisms are still in place. They might not enforce it on January 1, but it's coming. Once again the only victories The Stupid Party wins against The Evil Party are short term and meaningless.

48 posted on 12/16/2011 9:04:16 AM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
I wonder how many light bulb manufacturers went out of business in anticipation of the ban?

All of them. From a September 2010 Washington Post article:

"WINCHESTER, VA. - The last major GE factory making ordinary incandescent light bulbs in the United States is closing this month, marking a small, sad exit for a product and company that can trace their roots to Thomas Alva Edison's innovations in the 1870s.

The remaining 200 workers at the plant here will lose their jobs.

<snip>

49 posted on 12/16/2011 9:05:44 AM PST by FoxInSocks (B. Hussein Obama: Central Planning Czar)
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To: DJ Frisat

“I do my damnedest to find any brand other than GE.”

The last GE bulbs I bought were made in Romania or some other Eastern European Country. Immelt is scum!


50 posted on 12/16/2011 9:06:21 AM PST by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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