13 Jul '11, 12am

Bulb Bill Fails in Congress, But Debate Will Chug On: A Republican effort to repeal light bulb efficiency stan...

Bulb Bill Fails in Congress, But Debate Will Chug On: A Republican effort to repeal light bulb efficiency stan...

Rep. Joe Barton by Gage Skidmore via Creative Commons A Republican effort to repeal light bulb efficiency standards failed in Congress today, but you can count on the debate continuing. The final vote on the Better Use of Light Bulb (BULB) Act came to 233 in favor and 193 against. Thus, it won a majority, but it was brought to the floor in a manner that would have required a 2/3rds majority to pass. Thus, the bill failed. The BULB provision sought to reverse light bulb efficiency standards contained in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The law--passed by former President George Bush--effectively forces manufacturers to phase out conventional 100-watt incandescent bulbs in 2012 and eliminate conventional 75 and 60 watt incandescents by 2014. LED bulbs and compact fluorescents would begin to take their place. Although some manufacturers continue to tinker wit...

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