posted on May, 11 2011 @ 06:51 AM
South Carolina lawmakers have seen the light, and they want to retain old-fashioned incandescent bulbs. The bulbs, set to be phased out under
federal efficiency standards over the next three years, could stay on the shelves in the Palmetto State, The Foundry blog reports.
The Incandescent Light Bulb Freedom Act has already unanimously passed a state Senate panel and will be debated next in the House. It would allow the
old bulbs to be sold only if they are stamped “Made in South Carolina.” They would be banned from sale outside the state.
I like my old incandescent light bulbs. Maybe they are not what the 'environmentalists' like but who has given them the legal authority to determine
what type of light bulbs can be sold in this country? There are many benefits of our current light bulbs such as their soft glow, lack of giving us
cancer, and when they break it is not an environmental or health hazard.
Finally a state has realized that the federal government does not have the authority to control our lighting preference through law. Giving special
favors to their corporations of choice is all this was about. All government does in the name of 'environmentalism' is subsidize big businesses of
their choosing. General Electric would be given special perks with this federal law because all their CFL's are made overseas while the incandescent
bulbs are made here in the United States.
Where does the head of GE sit by the way? On President Obama's job commission. It is no wonder why this law was lobbied for so hard. Big business
loves environmental regulatory laws. This way their medium sized business, i.e. those without the ability to lobby hard, are run out of town.
South Carolina is providing their citizens with freedom of choice, as we all should have. You can buy the CFL's if you would like but you can also
purchase the incandescent bulbs so long as they are made and sold solely in the state.