The Nation’s Light Bulb Crisis.

27 Jul 2011

With the threatening federal debt crisis that could cause the country irreparable harm just days away, it was good to see that last week Congress was focusing on…old-style incandescent light bulbs?!? Last week the House Republican majority approved a provision to save (for a year) old-style incandescent light bulbs by voting to block enforcement of lighting-efficiency standards set by 2007 legislation. After failing earlier in the week to repeal the standards, the House passed an amendment to energy-spending legislation for fiscal year 2012 barring the Energy Department from implementing or enforcing the 2007 legislation (which would effectively push traditional bulbs off store shelves — starting with 100-watt bulbs next year). Studies suggest that the light-bulb standards would save consumers $6 billion in 2015.

This is not a political blog, but in the interest of spreading the blame equally, I have two thoughts on this. To the Democrats, let consumers drive the market. If people will save money with energy efficient bulbs, consumers will buy them. To the Republicans, did you know that the 2007 law passed with bipartisan support and was signed by President Bush?

Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying, “The only things certain in life are death and taxes.” I’d throw Washington politics into the mix as well.

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