TX Rep Joe Barton: We Don’t Want a $4 Lightbulb


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.

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Texas native. Conservative small businessman with 31 years experience. Government should roll back the nanny state. No country can tax its way to prosperity. The question isn't who will let me but who will stop me?

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June 23, 2011 10:26 pm

May the CFL go the way of the Edsel!

June 24, 2011 8:47 am

There is an old aphorism out of aeronautical design,
“if it looks right, it is right.” This thing never looked right. It looks like something out of Dr Frankenstein’s laboratory. And it doesn’t work , either.

June 24, 2011 9:17 am

I am so ticked off that Upton didn’t do this immediately, it was the thing we were angry about with his being given that seat, hell his ass ought to have been voted out for voting for this stupid crap in the first place, but he wasn’t, so he should have taken this bill to end the lightbulb ban first thing!

E Pluribus Unum
June 24, 2011 8:40 pm

I am freshly reminded of that whole sorry business this January when Boehner became speaker – on the heels of that utterly, totally gutless behavior during the Lame Duck — and passed over Barton for that sleazy liberal crud, Fred Upton.

Follow that one, in your trip down memory lane, with Boehner’s own-goal maneuver in the government-shutdown-that-didnt-happen, where he traded Manhattan for a couple of used tires.

Gives me rather cold comfort when I see The Tan Man making big talk as the moment of truth regarding the Debt Ceiling approaches.

civil truth
June 25, 2011 2:33 am

Banning incandescents in favor of CFLs – let’s see, the best idea since replacing waterwings with cement overshoes. Let’s start counting the ways: CFLs are considerably more expensive CFLs have as short or shorter life expectancy CFLs have a early death in enclosed spaces, which rules out of using a lot of lighting fixtures. CFLs do not do behave well outside if the temperature CFLs are definitely not friendly to look at when they’re lit CFLs contain mercury, which is a far more hazardous when you’ve got millions of these things out there than any putative benefit from lower wattage.… Read more »