Texas light bulb bill would skirt federal plan
Texas could soon be in a position to turn the lights off on a federal plan to phase out certain light bulbs.
State lawmakers have passed a bill that allows Texans to skirt federal efforts to promote more efficient light bulbs, which ultimately pushes the swirled, compact fluorescent bulbs over the 100-watt incandescent bulbs many grew up with.
The measure, sent to Gov. Rick Perry for consideration, lets any incandescent light bulb manufactured in Texas – and sold in that state – avoid the authority of the federal government or the repeal of the 2007 energy independence act that starts phasing out some incandescent light bulbs next year.
You know if Rick Perry runs his support will go up with this, because a lot of people do not like these curly fry light bulbs and their mercury poison nor being forced to use them… I know I don’t like them because they don’t work worth a crap on a dimmer (the ones they claim that do) and they don’t really last any longer than a regular bulb – I’ve proved it several times.
But don’t worry the government that can’t keeps drugs out of the country, they can’t keep illegals out of the country, that can’t keep terrorist out of the country wants to stop this because they say that Texas can’t guarantee that these bulbs won’t cross that state lines. Give me a break… like the pot calling the kettle black.
Opponents say the health risks of the mercury are minimal. And they say the bill violates the constitutional clause that states the federal law is the “supreme law of the land.”
They say the state can’t prevent a light bulb from being taken across a state line, which would make it subject to interstate commerce rules and federal regulation. They also say incandescent bulbs are archaic and have been replaced by fluorescent bulbs that last longer, are more environmentally friendly and don’t create the same fire hazards incandescent bulbs do.
What about Halogen bulbs that go in lights under counters or track lighting or spot lighting… these are far more of a fire hazard than say a 40 watt incandescent.. but yet there is no plan to ban these that I know of, and if they do who is going to pay to replace half the lighting in my house? Is the government going to pony up the $1000 or so I’ll need to change out all the Halogen fixtures in my house? And what about landscape lighting? Are those 4 watts incandescent bulbs really that dangerous? And security… they provide security will the government be responsible when I can’t find bulbs and I can’t provide security… who will pay when I’m robbed? Or I trip in the dark and get hurt? The government?
You know if shit isn’t broken… don’t try to fix it and there is nothing wrong with incandescent bulbs.
BTW I’ll be selling incandescent bulbs for a dollar per watt in 2012 I have a lot of them in many, many wattage’s… and the Feds won’t get them because they no not where they are, meaning they are in a secure undisclosed, unknown location, completely inaccessible to the bulb police. They won’t even find out if they water board me… I’ve had that training and just like a lie detector test.. it’s beatable if you know how it works.