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Three Republicans in Congress have introduced a proposal that would offer a fix to the “silly” problem created by a Democrat plan to ban incandescent light bulbs and replace them with compact florescent lights containing poisonous mercury.
H.R. 6144, the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act, was introduced today by U.S. Reps. Joe Barton, Texas; Michael Burgess, Texas; and Marsha Blackburn, Tenn.
It is intended to repeal Subtitle B of Title III of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which is a de facto ban on the incandescent light bulb that has been in use since it was created in Thomas Alva Edison’s laboratory.
It would address concerns that most CFLs are not made in the U.S., and in fact, a GE plant in Virginia recently was killed, eliminating 200 jobs.
The CFL bulbs also require special handling when they break, since there is enough mercury in one bulb to contaminate up to 6,000 gallons of water. The federal government suggests special cleanup rituals for such breakages, including throwing away any clothes or bedding that has come in contact with the mercury.
They also can raise a home’s heating bills.
They also can exacerbate health conditions, ranging from disabling eczema-like reactions to light sensitivities.
“The unanticipated consequence of the ’07 act – Washington-mandated layoffs in the middle of a desperate recession – is one of many examples of what happens when politicians and activists think they know better than consumers and workers,” said Barton.
“From the health insurance you’re allowed to have, to the car you can drive, to the light bulbs you can buy, Washington is making too many decisions that are better left to people who work for their own paychecks and earn their own living.”
Added Burgess, “Thousands of American jobs have been shipped overseas as a direct consequence of this light bulb provision in the Democrats’ 2007 energy bill.
“Further, I have stated all along that exposing our citizens to the harmful effects of the mercury contained in CFL light bulbs, which are being manufactured in China, is likely to pose a hazard for years to come. This light bulb issue is just the latest example of Republicans attempting to correct the mistakes of Nancy Pelosi’s misguided Democrat-controlled Congress,” Burgess said.
“If the American people needed another example of why it is time to roll back the hyper-regulation of the past four years, this is it,” Blackburn said. “Washington banned a perfectly good product and fired hard working Americans based on little more than their own whim and the silly notion that they know better than the American consumer. Now, hundreds more Americans are looking for work while assembly lines in China are churning out fluorescent bulbs for the U.S. market. Tell me how that makes any sense at all.”
WND previously reported when former Vice President Al Gore, whose “An Inconvenient Truth” video epistle on the claims of global warming has not weathered recent scientific research, promised at a conference in the United Kingdom that the impending virtual energy tax under the U.S. “cap-and-trade” legislation will bring about “global governance.”
While so-called “global warming” was supposed to bring more and more horrific hurricanes, according to many scientists and politicians, since 2005 only one major hurricane has struck North America.
WND also reported that a team of scientists with years of expertise in climate issues recently wrote to Congress asserting the “sky is not falling” and there is no evidence man is causing global warming.
The letter was signed by physics professors Robert H. Austin and William Happer of Princeton, environmental sciences professor S. Fred Singer of the University of Virginia, retired manager for strategic planning at ExxonMobil Roger Cohen, physics professor (emeritus) Harold W. Lewis at UC-Santa Barbara and others.