The Boston Herald columnist rejoices about nothing.
The forces of science and rationalism won a big victory in Congress this week over superstition and religious intolerance, but somehow I doubt the American Civil Liberties Union is celebrating.
Here’s the headline: “Congress overturns incandescent light bulb ban”…
Stopping the light bulb ban, at least temporarily, was a small victory for us nonbelievers. At least we have something to be thankful for this Christmas, or, as the Greens describe this season, “the winter solstice.”
Nothing has been stopped — even temporarily. There will be no 100-watt incandescent bulbs available on store shelves Jan. 1, 2012 (if you can even find them now!).
The 1-year delay in the Department of Energy enforcement of the new bulb efficiency standards has no practical effect. It is a nothing-burger. Congressional Republicans failed in to reverse the ban.