Republicans in the U.S. House adopted a provision designed to save traditional incandescent light bulbs by blocking what one lawmaker called the “energy police” from enforcing an efficiency standard.
Even if the House language approved last night survives in the Democratic-led Senate, the impact for consumers probably will be limited because manufacturers such as Royal Philips Electronics NV (PHIA) and General Electric Co. (GE) (GE) have revamped manufacturing to comply with the law, making bulbs that use less electricity to generate the same amount of light.
The first phase of the federal efficiency standard, which was passed in 2007 during President George W. Bush’s administration, went into effect this year. It has become a symbol of government excess to Tea Party-aligned lawmakers, who say consumers should be able to buy the bulbs they want. Read more at Business Week
Friday, June 08, 2012
Republicans Working Hard to Save Light Bulb
Forget about jobs. Republicans fight to save the light bulb. Seriously.