Another VICTORY: The light bulb is saved!
If you've not yet filled your attic with 100 watt light bulbs, you can cancel your trip to Wal-Mart.
It appears that the budget deal in Congress is going to save the incandescent light bulb!
CFACT supporters know that CFACT has taken an active role in educating our government and the public about foolish and damaging regulations that would have banned the Edison light bulb. The only alternatives we would have been left with are expensive and emit light many find ghoulish, pale and unattractive.
The Edison incandescent light bulb is a signature American invention. It has long symbolized Yankee ingenuity and industrial prowess. It is inexpensive to make, emits a warm, pleasing light and can be thrown away at the end of its life without declaring an environmental emergency.
CFACT is a consistent voice for good sense, constructive government policies, and this victory for Edison's light bulb is proof that people are waking up and backing away from some monstrous more foolish government excesses.
The victory is only temporary, however. The spending bill Congress has agreed to prevents the Obama administration from spending any money to enforce the ban in 2012. But the ban is still on the books. Let's celebrate the fact that we are moving policy in the right direction and that we have won this battle, while being mindful that there is still a lot of ground to cover before the war is won.
Light bulbs are not the only area we are making progress, either. On Monday, Canada announced its withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol.
We at CFACT are optimists. What might tomorrow bring? Can we move towards energy independence through a combination of nuclear power, offshore drilling, hydraulic fracturing and a pipeline to Canada? Will we be able to call an end to the warming scare? Will the EPA drop it's job killing over regulation and become a constructive environmental watchdog?
CFACT will fight on for all this and more. Thank you for fighting beside us. And if you haven't had a chance to give yet, we certainly hope you'll make your year end gift today. Today we won one. Time to redouble our efforts. The fight goes on.
Here is CFACT's editorial by Bonner Cohen from July, 2011:
Save the light bulb!
We're about to lose our light bulbs.
Among the many foolish things the political class in Washington has foisted on an unsuspecting public in recent years was the mandated phase-out of one of the most successful inventions in human history, the incandescent light bulb.
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, passed by a Democratic Congress and signed into law by President Bush, set in motion a scheme to phase out the incandescent light bulb, replacing it with what the public was told were “more efficient” and “climate friendly” alternatives. Those who questioned the wisdom of the move were assured that emerging technologies, specifically the Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL), would more than fill our lighting needs.
It hasn’t worked out that way. CFLs are more expensive than traditional light bulbs, less reliable as an instant and consistent source of light, and they contain potentially dangerous mercury. Dropping an incandescent light bulb on the floor is a matter of sweeping up broken glass. Break a CFL and you risk contaminating your home and clothes with mercury. Furthermore, the Washington Post recently reported that GE is closing its last remaining incandescent light bulb factory, located in Winchester, Virginia. CFLs can be produced cheaper in China than they can in the U.S., and that’s where the new green jobs are expected to go.