Back in 2007, in a bipartisan act of stupidy, the U.S. congress passed a law to ban the incandescent light bulb. They were going to save the world by forcing the CFL bulb upon Americans. That’s right, the idea was to make all Americans use a dim bulb full of poisonous mercury. Now your abode can become green friendly, but you have to shave by the equivalent of a small candle. A candle might be better, now that I think about it. At least it doesn’t cost $4.
Joe Barton, R, TX-6 has joined with Republicans Michael Burgess and Marsha Blackburn to kickstart legislation that Energy and Commerce Committee Chair, Fred Upton has finally agreed to act on . . . a bill to ban the ban, so to speak. You remember Fred, the Republican from Michigan who originally co-sponsored the sorry legislation that banned incandescents. Yeah, that guy, Speaker Boehnor’s buddy and choice for the Energy and Commerce Chair. That was Barton’s job when the Republicans last controlled the House. It could have been Barton’s job again, but you know Boehner wasn’t about to pass over the next RINO in line.
After delaying and trying to forget his promise to introduce legislation when the Republicans regained power, Upton is finally going to act. The first phase of the ban was to take effect January 1, 2012. American’s favorite light bulb, the 100 watt incandescent, was scheduled to disappear. Already, in some areas the shelves are bare of 100 watt bulbs. Personally I’ve found a good supply at Lowes and on sale too. My stash is now at 120 and growing.
The last American plant producing the incandescent bulbs just closed this month. Plants in China will be producing the CFL. Strangely, there’s been no comment from President Obama, who has said he begins and ends each day thinking about creating jobs. Except for the jobs the government runs off to China. Or something.
So Mr. Upton, let’s get this ban the ban bill moving. And don’t shed too many tears for Mr. Immelt, chairman of GE. They’ll forgo some big profits from their overseas manufacturing of the CFLs but President Obama takes care of his chosen. Save your concern for the Americans you pushed out of work, your sacrifice to Gaia.