08 Jul '11, 7pm

In dimwitted move, GOP set to repeal lightbulb standard that saves billions

In dimwitted move, GOP set to repeal lightbulb standard that saves billions

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) is behind the bill. Cross-posted from Climate Progress . In a move that could be called anything but conservative, Republican lawmakers are set to bring a bill to the House floor next week that will repeal state and municipal rights to set efficiency standards for lightbulbs. The bill would unravel a piece of federal legislation that was strongly supported by lightbulb manufacturers and has spurred innovation in the lighting industry. The bill, sponsored by Texas Republican Joe Barton, would strip away any "federal, state or local requirement or standard regarding energy efficient lighting" that uses lightbulbs containing mercury. In other words, all compact fluorescent bulbs. Remember, in May, Barton denied there was any "medical negative " from mercury emitted from coal power plants. Now he fancies himself a protector of the public from a vastly...

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