Gallery: Repealing Light Bulb Efficiency Standards Would Cost Americans...


Since the idea was first put forth last fall, we have been closely following the quest of U.S. Republicans to repeal the energy efficiency standards for light bulbs. Introduced by Representative Joe Barton (R-Texas), the Better Use of Light Bulb (BULB) Act (HR 6144) would block parts of the 2007 energy law signed by George W. Bush that calls for phasing out the inefficient incandescent light bulb. In turn, the BULB Act would cost consumers more than $12.5 billion in energy costs annually. The bill is set to be voted on by the House of Representatives today.

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  1. redwee July 12, 2011 at 9:53 am

    We’ll be burning money for light soon enough.

  2. lazyreader July 12, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Your trading one form of environmental conscience for another, maybe the bulbs do save energy but they’re made of toxic mercury. Even if they do save energy, what if we leave the lights on longer and use the same amount of power. Why not get the government out of the energy game and let the consumer worry about energy demand and let the market worry about the supply.

  3. lighthouse10 July 11, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Bulb Vote Tuesday!

    Joe’s Light Bulb Bill delayed, vote scheduled for tomorrow morning…
    Updates on 7 US state repeal bills (Texas legislated on June 17th)
    and Canada Government ban delay, on

  4. MikeTinCincy July 11, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Just curious about some things. Where does the 7%/$85 figure come from? It seems hard to believe that the average U.S. household spends over $1,000 on light bulb costs (including electricity). Also, why is Rand Paul’s statement so ridiculous? In one instance, the government fights for freedom of choice and in the other, limiting freedom of choice. How is that ridiculous?

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