18 Dec '11, 2pm

Congress Halts Enforcement of the 'Bulb Ban' that Wasn't

Congress Halts Enforcement of the 'Bulb Ban' that Wasn't

December 18, 2011 at 8:53AM by Jim DiPeso | comment Well, they did it. During the sausage making that went into a 2012 budget bill last week, a House rider slipped through that bars the Department of Energy from enforcing incandescent lighting efficiency standards that begin taking effect on January 1. Assuming the bill is passed and signed into law, as seems likely at this writing, the standards stay on the books, but until the end of the fiscal year next September 30, DOE can't enforce them. Even though lighting products that comply with the 2012 standards already are on the shelves at a home improvement store near you. I know, I know. Only in Dee Cee. As an associate of mine put it: "A remarkably dim-witted decision, even by current political standards." The result of Congress acquiescing to talk radio demagogues haranguing that freedom isn't free without 100-watt incan...

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