Dim Bulbs: Budget Deal Keeps GOP’s Anti-Consumer, Anti-Business, Pro-Pollution Rider Blocking Lighting Standards

Editor’s Note: EarthTechling, always looking to forward the cleantech revolution discussion, is proud to bring you this column as a cross post courtesy of partner Center for American Progress. Author credit goes to Joe Romm.

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.

You’ll find that misleading lede filed in the Politico under “GOP wins light bulb fight” with the even more misleading blurb, “The budget bill gives a victory to House Republicans fighting the ban on incandescent bulbs.”

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Except, of course, there was no “ban on incandescent bulbs.”  As a leading manufacturer explained to Climate Progress in July:

“The reality is, consumers will see no difference at all. The only difference they’ll see is lower energy bills because we’re creating more efficient incandescent bulbs.”

The only victory is for the right wing media that kept lying about the issue (see “Led by Murdoch Outlets, Conservative Media Misled Light Bulb Consumers 40 Times In 7 Months“).

Oh, and there was a victory for the extremist Tea Party wing of the party, which opposes all government standards, even ones that the lightbulb industry itself wants and that would save households an average of $100 annually — which is to say it would save consumers $12 billion a year.

As E&E News (subs. req’d) reports, the non-deluded majority understand how nonsensical this “victory” is:

“In the real world, outside talk radio’s echo chamber, lighting manufacturers such as GE, Philips and Sylvania have tooled up to produce new incandescent light bulbs that look and operate exactly the same as old incandescent bulbs and give off just as much warm light,” Republicans for Environmental Protection Policy Director Jim DiPeso said in a statement. “The only different is they produce less excess heat and are therefore 30 percent more efficient. What’s not to like?”

Blocking the standards effectively serves as a slap in the face to light bulb manufacturers, who have been working since 2007 to produce the new bulbs.

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  • Reply December 17, 2011


    The Murdoch Outlets that push this agenda are run by Roger Ailes. Murdoch knows he is dealing with the devil but will drop him if Ailes stops making him money.nnThe easy solution is to educate everyone you know about Roger Ailes, how Fox News reports falsely, and boycott all things from anything related to Roger Ailes. Hit them where they live: their wallets.

  • Reply December 22, 2011

    Bill Myers

    You lost a subscriber. u00a0If you believe that to be Green requires embracing a big-government, command economy, then I want no part of your propaganda. u00a0Just glad you revealed your leftist bias.

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