Enzi, DeMint Offer Better Use of Light Bulbs Act

Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced the Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act today, according to a press release.

Their bill would “repeal light bulb standards Congress included in the 2007 energy law that effectively bans traditional incandescent light bulbs starting in 2012.”

Some background provided in the release:

The ban was intended to save on electricity costs and limit pollution by replacing traditional incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs). However, CFLs are more expensive, many contain mercury which can be harmful even in the smallest amounts, and most are manufactured overseas in places like China. In September 2010, the last major GE manufacturing plant for incandescent light bulbs in the U.S. closed in Winchester, Virginia and 200 jobs were lost.

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3 responses to “Enzi, DeMint Offer Better Use of Light Bulbs Act

  1. ldjjd

    If the last incandescent bulb factory in the US has closed, where are those bulbs now manufactured? Could it be……China? That pretty much undercuts Sen. DeMint’s argument where the fluorescents are manufactured. Cost? Long term, fluorescents are a bargain, and any fool knows they use much less US energy. Mercury? Better to be careful about the fish we consume.

  2. ldjjd

    What on earth is a “florescent” light bulb? Does it use flower power?

  3. lighthouse

    Re Light Bulbs, the unpublicised industrial
    politics behind the ban, with documentation, references, and copies of
    business communications from US Dept of Energy:
    http://ceolas.net/#li1ax
    .

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