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The Tyranny of the Compact Fluorescent

Posted on Jul 12, 2011
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Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are set to vote on a measure aimed at repealing part of a 2007 bill that calls for phasing out those inefficient, old-style light bulbs. If passed, it’s unlikely the proposal would clear the Senate.

The bill is called the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act, or BULB for short. It’s sponsored by Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton, who fancies himself a true defender of the public interest, saying the measure would protect “Americans’ access to the light bulbs of their choice and guards against mandates that force Americans to use bulbs that contain mercury.” The initial bill, however, didn’t actually ban the use of incandescent bulbs. —ARK

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Last fall, before they even won the majority in the House, Republican leaders were talking about one of their top priorities for 2011: preserving your right to inefficient lighting. Now, after letting the tyranny of the compact fluorescent bulbs continue for an entire seven months, the House is poised to vote on a measure repealing the part of a 2007 bill that called for a phase out of inefficient bulbs.

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By Queenie, July 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm Link to this comment

Well, it appears that report is not available. But if you do a search on the error page - type in cfl report - you will get there. Sorry about that.

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By Queenie, July 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm Link to this comment

I replaced my conventional bulbs with these compact bulbs. Absolutely no change in my light bill. After I read this report,

http://www.state.me.us/dep/rwm/homeowner/cflreport/cflr

I changed back to regular bulbs. No change in my light bill. These things are a menace.

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By Mike, July 12, 2011 at 3:49 pm Link to this comment
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Now all of a sudden republicans are environmentalists when energy saving light bulbs are the issue. Wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that they save electricity and the consumers money. bad

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By Peter Knopfler, July 12, 2011 at 2:33 pm Link to this comment

IT`S ABOUT “F” TIME THOSE NEW SWIRL BULBS GIVE ME A
HEAD ACHE HUGE HEAD ACHE; IF YOU LOOK AROUND MORE FOLKS
THINK LIKE ME THAN YOU YUPPIES:This invasion on my
Choices, creeps, Yes pass a NO “F” around BILL. I want
to decide How I die, and maybe have a life, without
light bulb headaches.
By the way went back to old bulbs,SURPRISE no head
aches. Do not try to sell something 24hrs a day,
SMELL THE ROSES NOT YOUR OWN FARTS.
Thanks for bringing this up or DOWN.

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