Monday, August 15, 2011

Don't Want Mercury-Poison Lightbulbs? No Problem!!

While Fred Upton works hard to bury the repeal of the "GWB + CongressBozo's Lightbulb Insanity Law"--after all, Fred voted FOR the insanity--the Obozo gang has spent a bit of your money.  (Only a very little bit:  $1 million.)

...Rather than you using your money to reward companies, the government will use your money to reward companies.

This past week, Philips “won” $10 million of your money for developing a 60-watt equivalent LED light bulb that consumes only 10 watts of power and will likely cost at least $40 to start.

Now don't you feel better?  Moron has more:

You wonder who in their right mind would purchase a $40 LED light bulb?

That would be you.

New energy efficiency standards passed by Congress several years ago essentially phase out old-style incandescent bulbs, all of which will be replaced by vastly more expensive options, from advanced incandescents to fluorescents, to LEDs....

The TEA Party Revolution has several more marathons to run, starting with running Fred Upton out of office.

Meantime, Moron discusses alternatives to the Fred Upton/GWB lightbulbs.  Personally, I like the one about starting the EPA headquarters on fire to provide illumination in DC hoarding actual, real, totally utilitiarian incandescents.


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jimspice said...

I've already bought an LED bulb. Not 60W equiv, maybe 30W, but it's perfect for a hallway or closet. It was $120 when it hit the market 3 or 4 years ago, I kept my eye on it, and got it at Home Depot last fall for $19. I has some insane lifetime, which in its current closet use should serve well through my non-existent grandkids lives. Practically zero energy use, no mercury, and won't hit a landfill anytime soon (I hope). I agree compact florescents were a bad idea, and Congress should have held off a bit, but as prices come down and brightness goes up, this will be a no-brainer in the non-too-distant future.

Gregory said...


Government should not tell us what to buy.
Freedom depends upon the right to say “no.”

In the words of John Hayward......

I do not believe the government can accomplish any given task more efficiently than the private sector. The awful record of our bankrupt State argues conclusively to the contrary.

I deny both the right and wisdom of government to “own” any industry. Industry cannot succeed without the threat of failure, and the State never has to worry about going out of business. Ownership is the prerogative of citizens, not the government they authorize to perform certain essential duties.

I reject the notion that a just government can exist in the absence of a strictly obeyed Constitution. It is not an archaic document to be evaded when it interferes with the agenda of public officials. A republic must be bound by laws that its elected representatives cannot easily change.

I deny the wisdom of the political class to achieve prosperity through economic control. Their failure is massive and evident. I challenge them to relinquish their control, and watch the creativity and judgment of free citizens surpass their own.

I do not believe the wealth of a free citizen belongs to the government, to re-distribute in accordance with the moral judgment of the elite.

I do not believe that only government officials should be allowed to enjoy lavish benefits and extravagant lifestyles without facing moral condemnation for their greed.

I deny the possibility of a large government without endemic corruption. ........... If you would have honest government, you must make it smaller.

I deny the possibility of “creating” jobs. Jobs are offered. If you would have more of them, your fellow citizens must be willing to extend more offers. Free people cannot be compelled to make offers.........

........I reject the application of compulsive force against citizens who have not engaged in criminal offenses. I am not interested in being “transformed” or “engineered” by my government, and I deny its moral authority to do so against my will.............

.......I do not believe that the business of funding the government should be turned into an exercise in social engineering, with citizens obliged to run through a vast maze of tax penalties and exemptions, designed to encourage “correct” behavior.

I don’t think the government should be allowed to function without a budget. Ever. This is a mockery of the vital concept of delegated authority. I will not grant the State the right to do as it pleases, and send taxpayers the bill later. How can we judge the performance of government, and vote accordingly, if we are not told precisely what it plans to do?

Except in cases of the most dire emergency, I don’t accept the moral authority of today’s politicians to place unbearable obligations on the taxpayers of the future. Taxation without representation is wrong. Who represents the children of tomorrow? Were their voices heard, when they were assigned to pay off fourteen trillion dollars in debt? It’s one thing to engage in emergency deficit spending when wars or natural disasters threaten the very survival of the Republic. Using the same techniques to encourage dependency on government, or fund the weird obsessions of bureaucrats, is an outrage.

I do not believe the proper business of government is reducing “uncertainty” in the free market. Opportunity only flourishes upon uncertain terrain. The government’s job should be to reduce the artificial uncertainty generated by its own actions. Free people should not have to worry about being crushed by the State, or watch their commercial triumphs washed away by huge subsidies to their defeated competitors.........(more at)

Dad29 said...

I, too, have an LED (in a flashlight.) Damn nice light!

Over the long haul, I suspect that LED's will become the dominant bulbs in the market. But between now ($40.00/60W) and then ($6.00/60W) I'd like to have the option.

We're not talking about any significant reduction in energy consumption, by the way; compare the reduction inherent in closing the GM/Janesvill plant, e.g.