Congress just said we can’t have incandescent bulbs in this country? Why? They don’t cause a disease! They don’t kill people! There is no rational reason for this.
This is outrageous. It’s restraint of trade. It’s bowing to the special interests and lobbyists who will make money off the “new” product. It’s the nanny state, and they have gone too far.
I hate compact fluorescents. We do have a few in the ceiling fans and in fixtures that we leave on as night lights or whatever. But! I have that visual infirmity that means I have some problems with flashing lights, and fluorescents do flash (the way they work is alternating between one ballast end and the other, sixty cycles a second). I have trouble with them sometimes. They’re harsh. What about three-way bulbs like the ones I use to read my archaic old paper books and write with my antique pen on old paper? And what if you drop one of them?! Then you have to evacuate the area, according to the EPA, because of the fumes, and it’s a hazardous clean-up. Forget that, with children, pets, and elderly people in the house.
I’ve dropped incandescent bulbs (recently), and they’re a pain to clean up, but not hazardous in that sense.
But anyhow, choice! The free market! Let people choose! All right, they might waste some energy. But that is not in the Constitution that we have to save the most energy possible. Heating a hot tub also is “wasteful” of energy, since you sit in it for only an hour or two. There are other wasteful practices. But they aren’t the government’s business.
This law was enacted by the lobbyists and special interests who will make money in selling these things at five dollars a pop. Forget it!
In Texas, a legislator has just introduced a bill that would allow incandescent bulbs made in Texas to be sold here in Texas. It would attract manufacturers here, and thus create jobs at the lower level where I am told we need them. We could have our three-way reading lights and our ambient pink bulbs again! Free market speaks!
Next up: coffee that is not decaf cannot be sold. Cola that is not diet can’t be sold. Everyone has to be neutered because they might have babies and that would take a toll on energy use. Enough!