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March 21, 2007

Light Bulbs Targeted For Nationwide Ban

Nothing could be more emblematic of modern technology's wonders than the light bulb, cheaply illuminating the darkness as if by magic — just as nothing could be more emblematic of the environmentalist movement than attempts to ban it for allegedly contributing to global warming.

These attempts will hit the USA at a national level if Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) has her way. One day after her colleague Rep. Don Manzullo (R-IL) announced that "the last thing we want to do is force legislation down people's throats" concerning lighting options, Harman introduced such legislation, which lists types of light bulbs that it will be illegal to sell. This illustrates the essential difference between an R or a D after a politician's name.

According to Harman, this latest bureaucratic intrusion into our homes could "transform America into an energy-efficient and energy-independent nation." No doubt it will save the polar bears too.

Illustrating why big business often plays along with the global warming hoax, the world's largest producer of light bulbs, Philips Lighting, backs banning traditional incandescent bulbs. This is because it can produce the more expensive compact fluorescent bulbs, which no doubt allow a higher profit margin. Choking off the incandescent market also has the benefit of choking off competitors who can produce nothing else.

Admits Philips Lighting spokesman Steve Goldmacher:

Given the choice of a 25 cent incandescent [bulb] to a $2 or $3 or $5 product … consumers have made that choice already over the years — they choose the more inefficient type […] so here we need to lead them a little by the hand and take those inefficient types off the market.

In this context, "inefficient" means "less expensive."

As usual, those of us on a tight budget suffer from the collusion between nanny state politicians, unscrupulous businessmen, and environmental ideologues. But I'm sure the polar bears will like our newly mandated $5 light bulbs.


On a tip from Jimbo.

Posted by Van Helsing at March 21, 2007 8:13 AM


Lefties are always whining (or screeching) that right-wingers want to regulate what a person does "in their own bedroom." Meanwhile, lefties want absolute control over where we can live, what we can eat, how we can spend our money, what we can drive, where we can go, what can be taught to our children, what words we can be allowed to use, what opinions we're allowed to have, what opinions we may be exposed to, and even what kind of lightbulbs we're allowed to buy.

Posted by: V the K at March 21, 2007 9:13 AM

Good points V the K. It's a slippery slope. Next they'll be legislating how many children we are allowed to have. -- Wouldn't want to over-tax the planet with power sucking humans.

Posted by: bah_humbug at March 21, 2007 9:35 AM

I can see it now. A guy with raincoat says "Psst Psst... over here...Ive got the good stuff cheap..." then he opens his raincoat to reveal its lined with good old fashioned incandescant light bulbs. "Ive got 40 watt, 60 watt, 100 watt and Ive even got a few 3-Ways!!!"

And all over E-Bay - cases of light bulbs for sale!

Posted by: General Jack D. Ripper at March 21, 2007 9:59 AM

The frustrating thing is that eventually when the whole global warming hype dies down, we'll be stuck with those things, as well as all the other legislation and taxes pushed upon us.

Posted by: NudeGayWhalesForJesus at March 21, 2007 10:05 AM

People that don't want to spend lots of money on all those expensive light bulbs will start using candles in some rooms. Candles will soon be touted as the best solution for the environment. Before you know it we'll be full steam ahead to the past.

Posted by: kevin at March 21, 2007 10:16 AM

The worst is have you ever used the energy efficent lights...

First: They contain MERCURY!!!!!!!! HG!!! says right on the package you can't just throw these suckers in a land fill.

Second: They give off the freakest color of light you've ever seen.


Four: THEY DON'T WORK IN THE COLD, so forget about using them in your garage or for outdoor lighting.


Six: I bought 150$ worth of these lights for my house, and i ended up taking most of them out because they hummm and are annoying to use.


Posted by: furballz at March 21, 2007 10:32 AM

Love this quote from Instapundit: "If John Edwards can be live in a 28,000 square-foot mansion, I can have a 100-watt bulb."

Posted by: V the K at March 21, 2007 10:38 AM

Incandescant light bulbs banned. Women and minorities hardest hit.

Posted by: Steve at March 21, 2007 11:09 AM

Whenever I think of flourescent lights I think of that movie "Joe vs. The Volcano" where Tom Hanks, as he is quitting his job in a prosthetic testicle factory, complains about the flourescent lights sucking the life out him "sssssssssuck!!! sssssssssssuckkk!!".

I firmly believe they are the tool of the DEVIL!! In fact there are some of them buzzing over my head right now. I feel like they are sucking away my soul.

Posted by: General Jack D. Ripper at March 21, 2007 11:43 AM

This is just one more nail in the coffin of personal prosperity and the concomitant western civilization.

As to the cost, the $5.00 cost of the bulbs will not hold.

Someone forgot to tell ALtruism GOREbbels and ilk that these things, as furballz said, contain mercury.

Remember how terrible mercury was, and all of the money and effort spent on it's elimination? The environmentally safe disposal costs will end up costing half of the current purchase price. Wait for it!

Just one more of the ravages of 'the phenomena formerly known as weather'.


Posted by: knotsmart at March 21, 2007 12:27 PM

You joke about the Left going on a slippery slope.

There is no joke, except that this is not about Left/Right.

It's about pagan earth/animal worshipping. The pagans (as is customary) want human sacrifice.

There's your slippery slope.

"when man chooses to no longer believe in God, he does not then believe in nothing, but he is willing to believe in anything."

-GK Chesterton

Posted by: Doug at March 21, 2007 12:28 PM

damn! how stupid can people get???

Posted by: MoleOnABull at March 21, 2007 4:03 PM

My stepfather has been using these for years...part of the reason being he likes the low light they give off. (I have often wondered if he's a vampire, LOL.) My husband bought a few for our house and I really dislike them. When they burn out, I'll be replacing them with traditional bulbs.

Oh, and remind me not to buy any Phillips products...

Posted by: Pam at March 21, 2007 4:34 PM

So we are to ban cheap, functional light bulbs and replace them with expensive, marginally functional, and more toxic light bulbs - all in the name of 'the environment'.

Even notice how often 'environmentally friendly' turns out to cost more, not work nearly as well, and damage the environment more than what it replaces .... and how often this only becomes clear AFTER legislation has been passed?

Nothing wrong with AL Gore and his fellow fascists that deep fat frying wouldn't solve.

Posted by: C. S. P. Schofield at March 21, 2007 4:47 PM

You have got be kidding me. Banning the cheap light bulbs hurts the poor! In other words, people like me that spend at least 1/2 their paycheck on bills for survival (rent, food, gasoline, auto insurnace etc). Great, now I'm gonna have to buy light bulbs that cost, on average, x4 to x10 the amount normally?

When is enough going to be enough? At what point will we get to when people say 'They have breached the social contract and therefore their retaining their seat is hurtful to the Republic and the Consitution'?

Posted by: Brooklyn Red Leg at March 21, 2007 5:19 PM

These Lefties really are fools. Fluorescent lights emit radiation--- and have been associated with Melanoma skin cancer. :

Posted by: kid twist at March 21, 2007 6:11 PM

They can have my lighbulbs when they pry them from my cold dead hands!

Posted by: General Jack D. Ripper at March 21, 2007 6:24 PM