How many legislative bodies does it take to block efficiency? Well, it appears only one — as Republicans in Congress try to repeal the 2007 Ban on incandescent bulbs. Spearheading the charge is Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who publically slammed the Energy Department saying the agency has “forced Americans to buy toilets that don’t flush properly and light bulbs they don’t want in the name of energy efficiency.”
In a recent hearing of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Paul told Energy Department official Kathleen Hogan “my toilets don’t work in my house. And I blame you and people like you who want to tell me what I can install in my house.” He added that the ban of incandescent lightbulbs restricts the choices, and therefore the freedoms, of the American people.
More shockingly he compared the right to choose what efficiency lightbulb you can buy to the abortion issue. Paul said it was “appalling” and “hypocritical” for the Obama administration to “favor a woman’s right to an abortion but you don’t favor a woman or a man’s right to choose what kind of light bulb, what kind of dishwasher, what kind of washing machine.”