Congress Reverses Light Bulb Ban… NOT

Posted By The P/Oed Patriot

I, like many of you, did a few cartwheels when I noticed the headline on Drudge that said:

“Congress Overturns Incandesenct Light Bulb Ban…”

The dreaded “green” light bulb ‘mandate’ that was created in 2007 was dead! I began to proclaim the good news from the highest mountains in the land of Facebook without even reading the article. 

Shame on me for doing so…

I shortly found an article in Forbes that popped my bubble. So did Congress reverse the light bulb ban?  No, No, not really:

“Tucked into the giant 1,200-page omnibus spending bill passed by Congress Thursday night is a provisionthat prevents the government from spending any money to enforce the light bulb ban. This is effectively a reprieve for the 100 watt, but only temporarily, for the next fiscal year.

The bill does not overturn the light bulb ban, so it will still be law, and it’s likely that some more politically correct retailers will not stock them. And don’t expect any new incandescent light bulb factories to open;America’s last one closed a year ago. Unless congress blocks enforcement funding again a year from now, just try finding them in 2013.

So the battle to save the 100 watt bulb is not over.”

So the battle is not yet over….(Face Palm)

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  • Babsy

    Double face palm!

  • Patty

    First, we have stockpiled the old bubs for a few years. We needed to something and that is that.

    But the whole thing is so GE who is affiliated with Obama’s buddy, Immelt is a farce. So, many kick backs and illegalities are going on we are unaware of in Washington. This is one of the most preposterous of all. It is catering to the left wing and radicals and I would say the dangers of these bulbs out way the savings.

  • Alana

    I know. Too many people are celebrating. Others are saying, “Oh, I bought all those light bulbs for nothing.”

    It wasn’t for nothing. I’m glad I have my stash.

  • Patty

    I predict the elderly will be hurt by these bulbs. They are the most vulnerable, sounds ridiculous but that is my story and I am sticking to it.

    Shame on Obama for his association with unsavory Characters like Immelt who send parts to Iran and in turn killed and wounded our Troops.

    Government is once again in our lives. Dictating our lives and how we live it.

  • Militant Conservative

    Couple cases of bulbs on my end too. Over 5 days food and battle pack ammo.

    yup the FED already has designated me as a terrorist by definition.

    Being prepared is now a crime.

    powder is dry

  • nano

    Sounds like this is one of those temporary measures they will pass over and over again to become heroes to the voters back home rather then do the hard part and really fix it.

    With new manufacturing this will be an empty game.

  • John

    They’ll do what they’ve done with other controversial issues and kick it back again past the 2012 election — no way the Democrats are going to want to go into their summer convention next year image-wise as having just voted to ban the bulbs, when all the PR spin they have is going to be in action to convince moderates that despite what they’ve done over the past 3-5 years, they are not the party of big nanny-state government.

  • Galt

    Yea I knew it was too good to be true…

  • OTEC

    #1

    “But the whole thing is so GE who is affiliated with Obama’s buddy, Immelt is a farce. So, many kick backs and illegalities are going on we are unaware of in Washington. This is one of the most preposterous of all. It is catering to the left wing and radicals and I would say the dangers of these bulbs out way the savings.”

    Ummm….Obama wasn’t president in 2007

  • OTEC

    #5….get over yourself. The messiah syndrome is getting old.

    No one cares how many lightbulbs, or how much ammunition, you have.

  • http://www.edmartinforcongress.com Tom63010

    I believe repeal is in the proposal to extend the tax holiday, or whatever they call it, bill.

  • Patty

    too many issues, too many mandates, too many regulations, too much spending, too much interference and restrictions on Americans.

    Is this the land of the free or the land of the Bureaucrats? Each day there are more regulations and just how many, here you go:

    Obama’s Seven New Regulations Would Cost U.S. Economy Billions
    http://thenewamerican.com/economy/commentary-mainmenu-43/8820-obamas-seven-new-regulations-would-cost-us-economy-billions

    He is regulating Business, Americans, Energy, Health, costing more jobs and money. Someone will be hurt by over regulating at that is our jobs and more businesses are going overseas than ever before.

    I realize this light bulb thing may seem small compared to the bigger picture but this is taking away our freedom a little more each day as those liberals in Washington haven’t anything better to do with their time, other than laws like this? Really

  • Patty

    #9 December 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm
    OTEC commented:

    #1

    “But the whole thing is so GE who is affiliated with Obama’s buddy, Immelt is a farce. So, many kick backs and illegalities are going on we are unaware of in Washington. This is one of the most preposterous of all. It is catering to the left wing and radicals and I would say the dangers of these bulbs out way the savings.”

    Ummm….Obama wasn’t president in 2007
    _____________________

    first of all, I do know that he wasn’t president in 07 and thank God. and my comment is the second one not the first.

    I can research why it was done under the Bush administration but you can bet GE has greater influence and this is suppose to be an energy saver. I will look up some research on this. Get back little later.

  • Patty

    In 2007, President George W. Bush signed a federal energy bill that revised the standards of efficiency for light bulbs. This was done after research showed that 90% of the standard light bulb’s energy was wasted on heat. The bill did not ban the 130 year-old incandescent light bulbs from the market, but instead required an alternative that used 25-30% less energy.

    An alternative but I do believe today it may be more than that.

  • RedBeard

    OTEC, perhaps some day you will care. But if that day comes, don’t try knocking on Militant Conservative’s door (or my door, for that matter) begging to be fed or protected.

    There is no downside to preparedness, nor is it something deserving of mockery.

  • m1

    Every one of these Congressional losers need to be voted out next year. Tea Partiers included.

  • Texas_Treeroach

    A SEASONAL GIVING SUGGESTION FOR YOU . . .

    The mercury bulbs you’re stuck with will make wonderful gifts for any liberal acquaintances you may have!

    (It’s time to brighten up their lives with something they’ve tried to foist on the rest of us)

  • Patty

    The bill does not overturn the light bulb ban, so it will still be law, and it’s likely that some more politically correct retailers will not stock them. And don’t expect any new incandescent light bulb factories to open;America’s last one closed a year ago. Unless congress blocks enforcement funding again a year from now, just try finding them in 2013.
    ___________
    http://www.ledsmagazine.com/news/8/12/18
    __________________
    Republicans Seek Repeal of Incandescent Bulb Ban

    http://thenewamerican.com/tech-mainmenu-30/environment/6392-republicans-seek-repeal-of-incandescent-bulb-ban
    _____________________
    Now, I would say the democrats pick this bill apart and tweak it to make it worse that what President Bush had intended and Republicans had been trying to repeal this.

  • lizzy84

    Too late for the people in Winchester VA who lost their jobs..

    http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/money/lights-out-for-ge-light-bulb-factory-in-winchester-092410

  • Bean

    So, congress has turned the light-bulb thing into “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”…?

    …just what I’d expect from a bunch of spineless worms.

    -Bean