Bill to repeal light-bulb standards falls short in House
It looks like lights out for old-fashioned incandescent bulbs.
The Republican-controlled House voted 233-193 on Tuesday for the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act [authored by Joe Barton (R-TX)], which would have repealed higher energy-efficiency standards for bulbs. But the measure needed a two-thirds majority to pass.
House Republicans can still try to adopt the measure under different procedures requiring only a simple majority, but it’s unlikely it would get through the Democratic-controlled Senate.
The original legislation, signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2007, requires all new bulbs to use at least 27 percent less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs. It will go into effect next year and gradually phase out traditional 100-, 75-, 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs by 2014.
A second set of standards in 2020 will require most light bulbs to become 60 to 70 percent more efficient.
With the full faith and credit of the United States of America currently on the line, I sure am glad that the Republicans in the House of Representative were able to find the time to argue about light bulbs.