Yea! Spending bill blocks light bulb standards

Russ Steele

The Republican Congress has outsmarted the Energy Department, we can keep our incandescent bulbs!

The shutdown-averting budget bill will block federal light bulb efficiency standards, giving a win to House Republicans fighting the so-called ban on incandescent light bulbs.

GOP and Democratic sources tell POLITICO the final omnibus bill includes a rider defunding the Energy Department’s standards for traditional incandescent light bulbs to be 30 percent more energy efficient.

More details HERE. Elections have consequences!




About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

7 Responses to Yea! Spending bill blocks light bulb standards

  1. Martin says:

    OK, so now what? It’s like trying to push wet string up hill. Forget defunding the Energy Department’s standards for traditional incandescent light bulbs but instead defund the Energy Department…. Game Over.

    Wasn’t the Energy Department created by Jimmy Carter to make the USA self sufficient?? Today we’re not better off than then.

  2. John Galt says:

    This is a Christmas present!

    The fact of the matter is

    A) The compact fluorescent bulb (also known as “CFL”) life test did not factor in turning the bulbs on and off. So the ~7 year life of the bulbs is based on leaving the light always on….(How energy efficient is that.)

    B) And the general experience is that the bulbs last only a twice as long as a regular incandescent bulb (but at 10 times the cost.)

    C) The CFL’s are an environmental nightmare due to their use of Mercury .

    • Russ says:

      Strage how reality bites those driven by an agenda. The test were set up to prove a point, where as in daily life reality rules.

  3. stevefrisch says:

    Darn, Russ and George won’t be making a bundle on 100W lightbulb futures!

  4. Bob W says:

    Elaborate on making and losing a bundle Steve. I’m sure it would be captivating!

  5. stevefrisch says:

    I was of course referring to you stash of 100’s Russ.

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