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

  • Blackbird

    I can not imaging how we got so far into crazyville that we have to expend effort to regain the right to purchase a simple incandescent light bulb. This is like a corporation that has been destroyed by the janitorial staff going crazy while nobody was watching. We have GOT to get a handle on Washington and stop this tail wagging the dog insanity.

  • Randall R. Kniess

    I have my face in my palm and I’m crying! OMG! Obama Must Go!

  • waicool

    i am old enough to remember when the greenies tried to ban paper shopping bags because they told us the rain forests were being decimated for all of the over-consumption of wood pulp. the greenies assurred us the plastic bags would be so much better and solve the problem. 10 years later, the greenies are now telling us the plastic bags are destroying the environment…go figure. the curly-Q light bulbs contain toxic mercury so 10, maybe 20 years from now when millions of the discarded curly-Q bulbs end up in landfills, the poisonous mercury levels in the ground water will start to increase and the greenies will manufacture another crisis scenario to perpetuate their control and power over society. i just don’t trust the greenie wackos any longer and i am constantly teaching un-informed regular folks about the parade of hoaxes they maintain.

  • chuck in st paul

    “wasted as heat”
    obviously none of these dipsticks live in Minnesota and parts north, seven months of the year require heat unless you want to dress like Nanook of the North indoors, at least a month or more of days often require at least a little heat

    I was going to repaint my house a medium dark grey to go with the trim, etc. I started being concerned about the heat trapping of a color like that, which is very efficient at turning sunlight into heat. Then I totalled it up…. one month with 90 degrees, two months with 70’s to 80’s, the other nine COLD – including one at minus 10 or worse, and one at single digits. I think I’ll just deal with the extra heat load in the ‘summer’ and take the warm I get the rest of the year as a bonus. Ditto for incandescants.

  • Karla B.

    Our utility company sent everyone a big box of the CFLs. I refuse to use them in my house. If one breaks…has anyone read what you have to do. Open the windows and leave the house for 15 minutes. Yeah right. Like that is going to remove the mercury dust from my kitchen counter, food surfaces, bedding, dishes, etc? And you can’t throw them away. They have to be disposed of with hazardous waste. That should tell us something important. It is just ridiculous that the government will allow 11 million people to sneak thru our borders, but will cuff you if you use incandescent light bulbs? What the heck is wrong with this picture??!!!

  • BurmaShave

    This issue need to be pushed year after year until it is repealed. Progressive environmentalists need to be forced to defend their autocratic behavior year after year until it becomes too embarrassing for them.

  • BurmaShave

    This issue is simply wrongheaded, like prohibition.

    This wrongheaded issue needs to be hung around the collective necks of progressive environmentalists until they concede, and it is repealed

  • just-saying

    The House (and Senate) need to start passing short, specific bills. A thousand pages of legislation covering completely unrelated things from A to Z is not good for our country!
    .

  • OTEC

    #22

    “I have my face in my palm and I’m crying! OMG! Obama Must Go!”

    Read post up top. See the year “2007” up there? Remember who was president
    in 2007?

    This light bulb thing was part of an Energy Self Reliance bill passed in 2007, not an environmental bill.

    Educate yourselves.

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  • jharp

    You folks are pathetic. Unbelievably ignorant.

    Why we are at it lets bring bring back DDT. That stuff was awesome for killing mosquitoes and what does it matter if the bald eagle becomes extinct. And never mind the resulting birth defects to our children. Just another example of Obama’s hated for capitalism.

  • Galt

    Actually if you click on the link that says “Passed in 2007” Patriot explains where the ban came from.

  • TXPatriot

    True, but the September timing of the coming ban is intriguing to say the least…

  • HeatherRadish

    90% of the standard light bulb’s energy was wasted on heat.

    If you live north of I-70, that heat’s not wasted.

  • HeatherRadish

    That stuff was awesome for killing mosquitoes and what does it matter if the bald eagle becomes extinct.

    Perhaps before you go around calling people “ignorant” you should stop spreading misinformation and get some facts. http://www.eco-imperialism.com/content/article.php3?id=209

    Or maybe you already knew that and you’re just lying.

  • jharp

    HeatherRadish commented:

    Yep. DDT was harmless. And the earth is flat.

    Why do you think it was banned?

    Steven Milloy is nothing but a Fox News hack. And people that listen to Fox News are stupid.

    Would would like the scientific data to support that fact? Here it is regardless.

    http://publicmind.fdu.edu/2011/knowless/

    Get it? Fox News fans are more uninformed that those who watch no news. And far less uninformed than us lefties who graduated college.

    God you people are stupid.

  • jharp

    #
    #35 December 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm
    HeatherRadish commented:

    But a Fox News hack said DDT didn’t hurt the bald eagles. So it has to be true. Even with no scientific evidence to support the claim.

    And you dumbasses buy it. God you people are stupid.

    http://leisureguy.wordpress.com/2009/10/23/ddt-and-birth-defects/

    “Women who lived in villages sprayed with DDT to reduce malaria gave birth to 33 per cent more baby boys with urogenital birth defects (UGBD) between 2004 and 2006 than women in unsprayed villages, according to research published online by the UK-based urology journal BJUI. And women who stayed at home in sprayed villages, rather than being a student or working, had 41 per cent more baby boys with UGBDs, such as missing testicles or problems with their urethra or penis.”

  • Rose

    WHY do those who CLAIM to oppose DIM MARXISM only slow it down instead of DISMANTLE it???

    “~~THIS IS THE BEST WE CAN DO FOR NOW~~” is the continual refrain.

    BAH! HUMBUG!!!

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  • Molon Labe

    Have any of you folks noticed someone braying in full blown steroid fueled dementia about how the world is out of step with his incredible brain? Have any of you noticed that the unfortunate indivudal who escaped his keeper keeps repeating he’s auditing for God’s job and if he can’t get that he’d settle for a job as a telemarketer?

    Oh well lets just celebrate and watch the watermelon’s heads explode. I am especially going to celebrate Commissar Zero’s landslide defeat next year by sneding Obama one ofthese bulbs and a tea bag.

  • Molon Labe

    Can we get any more caterwauling crescendos from the purse swinging crowd?

  • Molon Labe

    #35

    Heather:Why attempt to argue with someone who has a passion for indiscriminate lying?

  • Rose

    #37 December 16, 2011 at 6:50 pm
    jharp

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Don’t the DIMS so WISH they had an iota of CREDIBILITY!

  • Rose

    #14 December 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm
    Patty

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The heat was not wasted, it created LIGHT. And I live in Texas where I never saw a living soul raise or lower the THERMOSTAT to accomodate whether LIGHT BULBS were on or off. So that is a DOUBLE LIE!

    Of all the times TEXANS said, “HEAVEN’S IT IS SO HOT!” I never heard a single person say, “WELL, turn the stupid LIGHTS OFF, then!” IN ALL MY LONG LIFE!!!

    But if I had a nickle for every time they said, “Well, stick a cob in a Dim Liberal’s MOUTH, then!” – I’d now be RICH!

  • Molon Labe

    Don’t you wish you lived in a country where millions die from malaria so that the fantasies of those whpo live in far off countries can live out their fantasies unaffected by rasmpant disease and death.

    And you must remmebre the massive number of horribly mutant children throughout the world prior to the ban on DDT. Fortunaetely these horribly deformed creatures tend to live in big cities like Hollywood and NYwhich explains when you visit them why they look like the car room scenes from Star Wars. All those deformed creatures all deformed by greedy untinking capitalists who stacked the deck against them.

    Why can’t they just contract malaria and die. Keep the world’s population low for the master race and progressives the world over.

  • Molon Labe

    In his endless persuit of justice and the Soviet way Chief Inquisitioner Eric Holder has devoted the DOJ to investigating those individuals who leaked “those secret emails revealing that global warming was a scam and that data had been surpressed and altered.”

    Yes this is a vital national issue. Must let state secrets be revealled. Especially given Black Panther Gate, Gun Running to the Cartels and now Obama’s jet fuel scam, as well as his wonderful Solylindra scam.

    My buddies Guido and Louigi agree Holder is a good fella. The kind that practices the Chicago way. All hail our god father and Commissar Zero!

  • Mike Kaiser

    American Made INCADESCENT Bulbs…Dec 2011–AEROLIGHTS.COM–made in North Carolina–847.352.4900
    lets keep them going……Mike

  • INCANDESCENTS FOREVER

    CHANT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS!

    SPREAD IT EVERYWHERE!

    HELL NO, WE WON’T CHANGE!
    WE DON’T WANT YOUR COMMIE BULBS!

    HELL NO, WE WON’T CHANGE!
    WE DON’T WANT YOUR COMMIE BULBS!

    HELL NO, WE WON’T CHANGE!
    WE DON’T WANT YOUR COMMIE BULBS!

  • peterdub

    RE USA Manufacturing

    As Mike says in the comments
    Aerolights still making them, and more too:
    Also Local Bills defending them (South Carolina, Pennsylvania)
    Legalised Texas June 2011, for startups.

    All about continued American incandescent manufacture , the Amendment, and Federal ban effects, with relevant links
    http://freedomlightbulb.blogspot.com/2011/12/us-manufacture-of-regular-incandescents.html

  • peterdub

    RE Light Bulb Regulations

    The 2012 sale of regular incandescents was never banned
    Only the manufacture and import.
    Since stores are stocking up, it will not change things for consumers short term.

    Long term is a different story:
    Whatever the ban proponents say,
    incandescent technology for ordinary lamps will effectively be banned,
    on the mandated 45 lumen per Watt end regulation standard

    Clear explanation of light bulb regulations,
    official links,
    and links to all 7 US State repeal bills and updates
    http://ceolas.net/#li01inx

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  • marg

    The incandescent light bulbs were banned in Australia a couple of years ago – we were strongly pushed to buy the mercury filled curly bulbs.

    The new curly bulbs were even given away ( boxes of 8 per memory ) at shopping centres and people were encouraged to throw away the incandescent bulbs.

    Had to give your name and address to be supplied with them.

    I have a stock pile of about 50 incandescent bulbs and if anyone gives them away I offer to take them. I am kicking myself for not buying more before they became illegal to sell.
    Stockpile people – the curly bulbs are awful. Stockpile while you can.

    You know when something is pushed worldwide – there is another agenda running behind the scenes

  • http://tektimes.com TekWiz

    Fact is that only the standard 100W bulbs are supposed to be banned now. Eventually also the 75W and maybe the 60W eventually. But there will not be a ban on all other incandescent bulbs like 40W and all the specialty ones. Those 100W and 75W are really a huge waste of energy and produce too much heat. The equivalent CFLs produce as much light for only 1/4 the power. Sure the CFLs have shortcomings but LED bulbs are becoming cheaper and more popular. Obviously the idea is to save energy and EVERYBODY should be excited about that. Banning energy wasting bulbs sends a strong message and encourages newer technology. Only a fool would complain.