“This is about more than just energy consumption; it is about personal freedom.”
Republican politicians launched their light bulb war in Washington last year. While they failed to get this year’s federal regulations phasing out most types of incandescent light bulbs overturned, the battle plods on.
As of Jan. 1, manufacturing or importing 100-watt lights for sale in the United States is illegal, and 75-, 60- and 40-watt bulbs will reach that point by 2014, but six states have pending legislation that could free them from the new energy guidelines.
Lawmakers from Texas — the nation’s most energy-consuming state — successfully passed a bill last summer that protects the old-fashioned bulbs, as long as they are made and sold within state lines. Now politicians in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, South Carolina, Georgia and Minnesota have introduced similar legislation to save their light bulbs.
State officials have voiced hopes that Congress will repeal the federal regulations if enough states can follow in Texas’ footsteps, but experts say this could create a patchwork of inconsistent standards across the country, leading to increased manufacturing costs, higher prices for consumers and a light bulb “black market.”
“I do thank the Lord that I live in Texas,” Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) told Fox News last year. “This is about more than just energy consumption; it is about personal freedom”…..