Fed light bulb mandates get temporary reprieve
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) questions the Department of Energy’s commitment to protecting consumer choice during consideration of Appliance/Light Bulb Energy-Efficiency legislation. Although not recent, it is well worth watching the doubletalk from Obama’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Kathleen Hogan.
Seeing Red AZ wrote about this scam and that of under performing low-flush toilets, in December 2007. It’s worth reviewing since government mandates implementing the use of compact fluorescent bulbs, while effecting a ban on incandescents was scheduled for implementation in 2012. The green game has been responsible for putting many Americans out of work. The last American light bulb factory closed last year.
This past October, with the Winchester Lamp Plant closure, the last 200 factory workers making General Electric light bulbs in the United States lost their jobs. GE which backed the job-killing government regulations, will still be manufacturing traditional incandescents — but in Monterrey, Mexico. The bulbs will be available in the emerging markets inIndia andChina, where more people use electricity every day, and no such restrictions exist.
With no money budgeted to implement this federal overreach in last week’s passage of the massive $1 trillion, 1,200-page spending bill that funds the government through the rest of this fiscal year, the measure has a temporary reprieve.
The spending bill doesn’t actually amend the 2007 law, but does prohibit the administration from spending any money to carry out the light bulb standards — for the time being