Cry freedom!

Congressional negotiators struck a deal Thursday that overturns the new rules that were to have banned sales of traditional incandescent light bulbs.

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 the policy restrictions they tried to attach to the bill, but won inclusion of the light bulb provision, which prevents the administration from carrying through a 2007 law that would have set energy efficiency standards that effectively made the traditional light bulb obsolete. (LINK)

If you listen closely, you can actually hear the liberals’ heads exploding.



  1. Dustoff says:

    Here’s the other part of the story Capt.


    COLUMBIA, S.C. — The newer bulbs are more expensive – about $3 for a 25-watt fluorescent versus about $1 for a 100-watt incandescent – but supporters of the new technology say the lights last so much longer that they save money in the long run. An incandescent bulb may burn for 750 to 2,500 hours, while a compact fluorescent can last up to 10,000 hours, according to the Energy Department.

    If the South Carolina bill passes, it could boost hiring at American Light Bulb Manufacturing Inc., which has a factory in Mullins, in an impoverished, rural part of the state, president Ray Schlosser said from the company’s headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill. The plant is in Marion County, the state’s capital for unemployment, with one-fifth of the work force jobless.

    “The federal government was just trying to shove this down Americans’ throats too quickly,” Schlosser said.

    Before the 2007 law, he had three production lines with 50 workers making the bulbs. But Schlosser said he is down to a single line with 15 workers and a single U.S. competitor, Sylvania. Most of the incandescent bulb business is now overseas. GE made its last incandescent bulb in the U.S. last fall.

    Kit Kennedy, energy counsel with the Natural Resources Defense Council, doesn’t expect other states to follow South Carolina’s lead.

    “Most states, whether they’re red states or blue states, are interested in promoting energy efficiency,” Kennedy said. “We hope that South Carolina sees the light, as it were.”

    The Associated Press

  2. Randal Graves says:

    While this may or may not be a good thing for us, what this truly shows is the real problem with the US government system: “tucking” agreements like this into REALLY fucking important bills that keep this country afloat for a couple of months.

    • Wyatt Earp says:

      Congress tucks more than Nicole Bass. Take ObamaCare, for example. Just vote on a straight bill and end it!

    • Actually the real problem is the government dictating what consumers can and can’t buy and interfering in the free market. If you build a better mousetrap the world will beat a path to your door. (old saying)

      In work we have older flashlights that are pretty big and heavy. Personally I hate them. They are “half mile” lights and for obvious reasons we need that kind of power. But the new technology has allowed flashlights to get smaller and extremely lighter while remaining nearly as bright. But they are very expensive. Still I chose to put out my own money for one as I think it helps me do my job a bit better.

      The same technology however just doesn’t work in the house as the light is very different. Say what you want people are sensitive to changes in lighting and atmsophere. The government forcing everyone to change to satisfy their environmental agenda is just bullsh*t.

  3. Wyatt Earp says:

    And sadly, both parties do this crap. It’s another reason why we need term limits.

  4. The Working Class Conservative says:

    GE no longer manufactures these bulbs here due to this law (isn’t the ceo on the presidents jobs committee). GE closed the it’s last factory back in Sept 2010. Another case of too little too late. This will not help our economy. The Government has declared that all light bulbs will be made in China and Mexico. Move along folks nothing to see here. Oh and the EPA regulations make it impossible to manufacture CFL bulbs here. But LED bulbs are being made here. But compared to CFL the LED bulbs emit less lumens, last 10 times linger and cost 10 times more. Average price of a household LED 34 dollars For ONE bulb. I hope the company in SC is well positioned to make these old bubs in mass quantity. Bringing jobs back to America.

  5. Bob G. says:

    And here I stocked up on bulbs (esp 100 Watt ones…for the “black market” entrepreneur in me…lol)

    I’ll call it a VCTORY…for US!
    I think the AMERICAN market WILL bounce back…we’re pretty resilient here.
    (acrew GE…bedfellows with the “one”)

    As to the “curly-fry bulbs”?
    I bought a few…had one crap out after 3 years use…WHATTA FRIGGIN SMELL!
    Not to mention, I DID NOT contact the local HAZMAT team to quarantine our residence as they dispose of it, but just tossed it out w/ the regular trash (bad boy…so sue me).

    In some (specific) applications, CFLs are fine, but for damn near everything ELSE…they’re just NOT practical.

    How about all those traffic lights that were swapped over to LEDs and then froze the hell over, so the drivers couldn’t SEE them…never had that problem with REGULAR bulbs in them…did we?
    We saved energy…and drivers suffered when accidents occurred…helluva “saving” there, eh?

    Still..score one for OUR side.

    Good post and comments.

    Roll safe (and CFL-free) out there.

  6. ingineer66 says:

    They always say CFL’s last “UP TO” 10,000 hours. That may be true for some of them, but about a third of the ones in my new house burned out in the first year.

  7. It’s apparently not overturned after all, there’s just not going to have the funds to enforce it for the moment.

    I’d suspect after the 2012 elections, if Obama wins, then they will.

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