Gallery: Michele Bachmann and Fellow Republicans Throw Weight into “Lig...


Republicans in the House of Representatives – in the midst of attempting to raise the debt ceiling and balance our budget – have decided to take on what some are calling the “Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act”. Partially spearheaded by Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, a Republican candidate for President, the initiative is working to repeal the section of the 2007 Energy Act signed by George W. Bush that mandates energy efficiency standards for light bulbs starting next year. Voting on the decision, dubbed BULB, was supposed to happen yesterday but according to the House of Representatives’ minutes, it was postponed. Surely this came as sad news for Bachmann who has been crusading against this section of the Energy Act since 2008. Oh and did we mention that if Bachmann is unsuccessful and the section is left in place, it could save Americans $12.5 billion a year? Yeah.

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  1. maw July 13, 2011 at 10:01 am

    and don’t get me started on the mercury and other dangerous chemicals that comes from currently producing much of the electricity needed for light bulbs in the US, coal power plants.

  2. sammael July 12, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    They are not greener, they are more energy efficient.
    They are not a perfect solution, they are transitory solution. As prices of LED bulbs fall, they will overtake the market.
    LED is THE green solution, higher quality of light, use less energy and is by far longest lasting.
    It is also quite expensive and new. In few years of technology diffusion and market expansion, it shouldn’t be any more expensive then today’s bulbs. But if this act gets repealed, then pressure to develop those technologies lessens, people don’t have to buy new technologies so market is smaller, which also lowers the profit margines, thus slowing the emergance of the new technology even more.
    If Bachmann has her way, we will be that much farther from cheap, efficient, ecological light, that can in long run save us all billions, and lower our dependance on polluting energy producers. I call that a huge loss.

  3. helderluis July 12, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Maybe you should do some research on the EMF those supposedly green light bulbs emit… and don’t get me started on the mercury and other dangerous chemical used in factories to produce them.

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