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Do you support the House repealing a law affecting the personal decision on what type of lightbulb you can buy?

Republican House members are preparing themselves to take a stand to save the incandescent light bulb.

Monday, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 2417, the Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act, a bill to repeal the federal ban on the incandescent light bulb, contained in a 2007 energy law.

Sponsored by Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton, the bill would protect Americans’ ability to use the kind of light bulbs they want and not be forced to use mercury containing light sources such as compact fluorescent lights.

“This is about more than just energy consumption, it is about personal freedom. Voters sent us a message in November that it is time for politicians and activists in Washington to stop interfering in their lives and manipulating the free market,” Barton said. “The light bulb ban is the perfect symbol of that frustration. People don’t want Congress dictating what light fixtures they can use.”

Texas Republican Rep. Michael Burgess and Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn joined Barton and 12 other Republicans to reintroduce the bill in early 2011.

“These are the kinds of regulations that make the American people roll their eyes,” said Blackburn. “It is typical of a ‘big Washington’ solution to a non-existent problem. In this case it manifests itself as an overreach into every American home, one that ships good jobs overseas and infuriates the American consumer.” (FEMA faces House heat for taking over flood insurance policies)

Come Monday, Americans may be one step closer to having absolute freedom in their light source choices.

“Traditional incandescent bulbs are cheap and reliable. Alternatives, including the most common replacement Compact Fluorescent Lights or CFL’s, are more expensive and health hazards – so why force them on the American people?” said Barton. “From the health insurance you’re allowed to have, to the car you can drive, to the light bulbs you can buy, Washington is making too many decisions that are better left to you and your family.”

http://dailycaller.com/2011/07/08/house-gop-set-to-repeal-incandescent-bulb-ban/#ixzz1RipRkbYP

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Carpy

Asked by Carpy at 12:51 PM on Jul. 10, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Hell no, we should be able to buy whatever kind of lightbuld we wish to buy!! Stupid government always trying to control our every move!!! Damn them!
    something_

    Answer by something_ at 12:52 PM on Jul. 10, 2011

  • Them controlling the tpe of light bulb I buy is the LEAST of my concerns! Are there not bigger fish to fry?
    But_Mommie

    Answer by But_Mommie at 12:54 PM on Jul. 10, 2011

  • Hell no, we should be able to buy whatever kind of lightbuld we wish to buy!! Stupid government always trying to control our every move!!! Damn them!
    something_

    Answer by something

    Who are you damning? The house is voting to repeal the law that forces you to buy the CFL bulbs
    Carpy

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 1:02 PM on Jul. 10, 2011

  • I do think they should wait until there are better alternatives on the market. CFL bulbs contain mercury. LED bulbs are a little dimmer than the traditional bulbs.

    I don't think there's anything wrong with legislating eco-necessities. If people aren't forced to start caring for our planet, they won't, and we'll be leaving the next generation with a huge mess to clean up, literally. I think recycling should be mandatory, and I think buying certain bulbs goes in the same category. I wish people would just decide they give a hoot, but the effects of waste and pollution are too evident to be ignored.
    kidnappedbylove

    Answer by kidnappedbylove at 1:06 PM on Jul. 10, 2011

  • I think the law should be repelled I am tired of big government telling me what I can and can't do! I recycle and try to buy energy efficient appliances but the government is slowly taking away our freedoms. This use to be a free country and we are slowly losing out liberties! Americans need to wake up!
    LuLuMom6

    Answer by LuLuMom6 at 1:14 PM on Jul. 10, 2011

  • If people aren't forced to start caring for our planet, they won't, and we'll be leaving the next generation with a huge mess to clean up, literally

    Considering our planet is much cleaner than it was 30-40 years ago, what mess will we be leaving them? And what will the lightbulbs solve?
    Carpy

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 1:15 PM on Jul. 10, 2011

  • I think recycling should be mandatory

    Problem with that is a lot of what's picked up to be recycled isn't really being recycled - not in a way that's conserving anything. Some things are just burned, and the fuel usage and pollution that creates is as bad, if not worse than if the stuff had gone directly to a landfill. Then there's the cities that run 2 trucks, one to recycle and one for garbage - twice the emissions - only to then ship the recyclables to somewhere else not in their backyard.

    Recycled electronics don't get recycled usually - they get shipped to Asia and fill up open dumps where the local populace scavenges for precious metals from the circuit boards (most of them contracting heavy metal poisoning and dying by their 40's). The very few organizations that are really recycling them are NOT usually the ones working with retailers and waste management companies.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:25 PM on Jul. 10, 2011

  • South Carolina has considered passing it's own law establishing an incandescent bulb producing plant and the ability to sell incandescent bulbs within their state borders.

    The true question should be, which bulbs take more energy to produce??
    twinsplus2more

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 1:29 PM on Jul. 10, 2011

  • The true question should be, which bulbs take more energy to produce??

    An even more true question should be which bulb do you prefer and then you can act on that choice. GE shut down the last bulb factory in the US. They pushed for this bill and they are not even producing the bulbs in the US.
    Carpy

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 1:51 PM on Jul. 10, 2011

  • On one hand, there are more important things to worry about, but on the other, I doubt many people who champion the use of CFL's have ever even bothered to read the 3 page Hazmat instruction guide the EPA has issued and expects you to use every time you break one and need to clean it up. Easy to say something should be mandatory when you have no idea what's in it (oh look, just like school lunches)
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:54 PM on Jul. 10, 2011

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