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January 2, 2008

Congress Bans the Light Bulb

The light bulb has long symbolized the triumph of man's ingenuity over the darkness. This is why it appears over the heads of cartoon characters when they have an idea. It may also be why moonbats have launched a jihad against it, which has now led to Congress and the President passing an energy bill that essentially bans incandescent bulbs as of 2012, by setting efficiency standards they cannot meet.

Instead we are to use compact fluorescent bulbs, which are more expensive and which contain toxic mercury. The point, if there is one other than to help out GE and Philips by suppressing low-cost competition, could only be symbolic.


On a tip from General Jack D. Ripper.

Posted by Van Helsing at January 2, 2008 2:00 PM


As long as it's just empty rhetoric, normal thinking Americans can dismiss environmentalist hysteria with ridicule and mockery, but when our own President restricts the consumer market, based on that hysteria, by mandating "choices", then it becomes downright dangerous.

Bush....I swear! With one year left in office, you'd think he would finally act like a conservative, but he acts as if he believes in the whole anthropomorphic climate change haox. It's as if the administration is focus-grouping ideas in California or something.

Posted by: Ed at January 2, 2008 2:40 PM

Hey Ed, perhaps Bush is getting some $$$ from GE and the global warming crowd. But I thought Bush was squarely in the pockets of "Big Oil"? I do shudder what Bush is gonna do or who he's gonna pardon on his last day in office. We have voted in a Globalist twice disguised as a Conservative.

Posted by: Bryherb at January 2, 2008 3:57 PM

I find the hysteria over the lightbulbs to be somewhat hilarious. If they're in such an uproar over the inefficiency of lightbulbs, they should consider all of the vaccum tubes produced, which would certainly outnumber light bulbs. Almost all of them were the hot cathode types that relied on a filament that produced the heat neccesary for the thermionic emmision to occur. These filaments would actually consume more power than the tube itself and was (and is) the main source of inefficency of the vaccum tube.

Posted by: Arthur at January 2, 2008 4:51 PM

I think every American who's unhappy about this should send a CF bulb to their Congressman. Make sure it contains mercury. And send it in soft, unsecured packaging.

Posted by: pam at January 2, 2008 8:35 PM