The light bulb ban provides a useful window into the mindset of liberals. Here’s how they see the issue: energy-saving bulbs are better, therefore the others should be illegal.
The pattern repeats itself in nearly every other realm: they determine the best policy, then impose it in a top down manner with no regard for states, localities, or individuals.
-Erik, ¡No Pasarán!
The administration cannot win wars, cannot solve the drug problem, cannot balance a budget, cannot even get a website to work, but they think they’re smart enough to tell us what kind of light bulbs we can use. -Eagle Forum Commenter
We are in the last days of the incandescent light bulb. Once the invention of Thomas Edison burns out for the final time in your home, you'll have to replace it with one of the new light bulbs. These are known mainly by their initials, either CFL or LED. "We're phasing the bulbs out mostly because they're energy hogs." Celia Kuperszmid-Lehrman of Consumer Reports said.
To encourage energy efficiency, Congress passed a law in 2007 mandating that bulbs producing 100 watts worth of light meet certain efficiency goals, starting in 2012. Conventional light bulbs don't meet those goals, so the law will prohibit making or importing them.
Environmentalist, Liberal, Narrative, Oops, Energy
“When there is something in your house, you don’t perceive any danger, you wouldn’t get that close to an x-ray in a doctor’s office,” explained Miriam Rafailovich, Professor of Materials Science at Stony Brook University in New York. Money saving, compact fluorescent light bulbs emit high levels of ultra violet radiation, according to a new study. Research at Long Island’s Stony Brook found that the bulbs emit rays so strong that they can actually burn skin and skin cells. “The results were that you could actually initiate cell death,” said Marcia Simon, a Professor of Dermatology.
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Liberal, Obama, Bigbrother
In a conference call with reporters, Mr. Chu said the more-efficient bulbs required would save consumers money over the life of the product, even if the up-front price is higher.
"We are taking away a choice that continues to let people waste their own money," he said.