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'Washington is making too many decisions that are better left to people'

Three Republicans in Congress have introduced a proposal that would offer a fix to the "silly" problem created by a Democrat plan to ban incandescent light bulbs and replace them with compact florescent lights containing poisonous mercury.

H.R. 6144, the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act, was introduced today by U.S. Reps. Joe Barton, Texas; Michael Burgess, Texas; and Marsha Blackburn, Tenn.

It is intended to repeal Subtitle B of Title III of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which is a de facto ban on the incandescent light bulb that has been in use since it was created in Thomas Alva Edison's laboratory.

It would address concerns that most CFLs are not made in the U.S., and in fact, a GE plant in Virginia recently was killed, eliminating 200 jobs.

The CFL bulbs also require special handling when they break, since there is enough mercury in one bulb to contaminate up to 6,000 gallons of water. The federal government suggests special cleanup rituals for such breakages, including throwing away any clothes or bedding that has come in contact with the mercury.

They also can raise a home's heating bills.

They also can exacerbate health conditions, ranging from disabling eczema-like reactions to light sensitivities.


"The unanticipated consequence of the '07 act – Washington-mandated layoffs in the middle of a desperate recession – is one of many examples of what happens when politicians and activists think they know better than consumers and workers," said Barton.

"From the health insurance you're allowed to have, to the car you can drive, to the light bulbs you can buy, Washington is making too many decisions that are better left to people who work for their own paychecks and earn their own living."

Added Burgess, "Thousands of American jobs have been shipped overseas as a direct consequence of this light bulb provision in the Democrats' 2007 energy bill.

"Further, I have stated all along that exposing our citizens to the harmful effects of the mercury contained in CFL light bulbs, which are being manufactured in China, is likely to pose a hazard for years to come. This light bulb issue is just the latest example of Republicans attempting to correct the mistakes of Nancy Pelosi's misguided Democrat-controlled Congress," Burgess said.

"If the American people needed another example of why it is time to roll back the hyper-regulation of the past four years, this is it," Blackburn said. "Washington banned a perfectly good product and fired hard working Americans based on little more than their own whim and the silly notion that they know better than the American consumer. Now, hundreds more Americans are looking for work while assembly lines in China are churning out fluorescent bulbs for the U.S. market. Tell me how that makes any sense at all."

WND previously reported when former Vice President Al Gore, whose "An Inconvenient Truth" video epistle on the claims of global warming has not weathered recent scientific research, promised at a conference in the United Kingdom that the impending virtual energy tax under the U.S. "cap-and-trade" legislation will bring about "global governance."

Gore, who this year famously left his Nashville mansion's driveway brightly illuminated during the "Earth Hour" event that promoted energy savings, was speaking at the Smith School World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment.

He said the "cap-and-trade" legislation will be beneficial.

"But it is the awareness itself that will drive the change, and one of the ways it will drive the change is through global government and global agreements," he said.

Recently, a former NASA climatologist asserted global warming simply isn't happening.

While so-called "global warming" was supposed to bring more and more horrific hurricanes, according to many scientists and politicians, since 2005 only one major hurricane has struck North America.

WND also reported that a team of scientists with years of expertise in climate issues recently wrote to Congress asserting the "sky is not falling" and there is no evidence man is causing global warming.

The letter was signed by physics professors Robert H. Austin and William Happer of Princeton, environmental sciences professor S. Fred Singer of the University of Virginia, retired manager for strategic planning at ExxonMobil Roger Cohen, physics professor (emeritus) Harold W. Lewis at UC-Santa Barbara and others.

WND also has reported on the Petition Project, which has compiled the signatures of more than 31,000 scientists, including some 9,000 Ph.D.s, who flatly reject the "global warming" agenda

Read more: GOP lawmakers offer fix to 'silly' light bulb ban http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=204185#ixzz1GEpBPFSf
 

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Finally! Something productive from Congress.


Will this make my lifetime collection of GE 60 and 100 Watt light bulbs worth less? I was hoping to retire on them selling off a couple a year. :D
 

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Given the tone, attitude and silliness of those championing this light bulb... and the entire GW notion, you would probably serve less time for slaughtering an entire family on their way to church during a drug transaction that went bad, with a high level representative of al qaeda... then you would if you were to get caught selling even one of the banned light bulbs. Especially in California. ;)
 

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Well ****....I was hoping that I could come to DC after a couple weeks hiatus and have the first, or at least one of the first half dozen posts be about Corvettes....not to be. Still the same old people trying to "educate" the masses with a Jersey Shore I.Q. and a FOX news agenda. I remember the good old days when when DC was a site that Corvette enthusiasts could come to talk about Corvettes.:WTF Consider this my final post on this site. I'll leave it for the pseudo intellectual half wits like VFPREACHER...I bet you money he doesn't even have a Vette.
 

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I'm so hurt by your post. I really, really liked you as a person. Your intellect was always that of such awesomeness. I'm so sorry to hear of your departure.



Why is it always those that contribute absolutely nothing on a monetary basis (or intellectual)... complain about the services they receive ? It's always some cheap SOB with a big mouth -threatening, posturing, complaining and demanding.

Hey! ****-o... given your propensity to tizzy-fit's, don't go slamming the door on your way out in an act of desperate attention seeking... Whether it hits you in the ass on your way out... makes absolutely no difference to me or anybody else.

F'you later... and have a shitty day.
 

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Well ****....I was hoping that I could come to DC after a couple weeks hiatus and have the first, or at least one of the first half dozen posts be about Corvettes....not to be. Still the same old people trying to "educate" the masses with a Jersey Shore I.Q. and a FOX news agenda. I remember the good old days when when DC was a site that Corvette enthusiasts could come to talk about Corvettes.:WTF Consider this my final post on this site. I'll leave it for the pseudo intellectual half wits like VFPREACHER...I bet you money he doesn't even have a Vette.
it has been said time and time again, if you do not like politics, STAY OUT OF THE NEWS ROOM! just like in any gathering, politics will always come up. get over it. Oh, and a lot of what is going on in those 20 posts have a direct effect on the money available for our Corvette passion. Especailly those who's state of residency is WI
 

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Mine was funnier... :laughing:
 

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Well ****....I was hoping that I could come to DC after a couple weeks hiatus and have the first, or at least one of the first half dozen posts be about Corvettes....not to be. Still the same old people trying to "educate" the masses with a Jersey Shore I.Q. and a FOX news agenda. I remember the good old days when when DC was a site that Corvette enthusiasts could come to talk about Corvettes.:WTF Consider this my final post on this site. I'll leave it for the pseudo intellectual half wits like VFPREACHER...I bet you money he doesn't even have a Vette.

I hope that's a promise! :partyon:
 

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All I can say is I'm proud to have Joe Barton as my congressman. He doesn't mind taking on the stupidity of the left. Well done, Joe. :thumbsup:
 

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Hey preach, remember, your vette is being garaged next to mine at my shop? ;)
:laughing:

He's correct... I do not presently own a Corvette for the first time since I was 18 years old. To which I can only reply...

"So... so what ? The economy will some day return... and I'll buy another one... or two, as it were."
 

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:laughing:

He's correct... I do not presently own a Corvette for the first time since I was 18 years old. To which I can only reply...

"So... so what ? The economy will some day return... and I'll buy another one... or two, as it were."
At least Richard's leaving. :thumbsup:
 
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