If energy needs to be saved, there are good ways to do it.
                                                               Government product regulation is not one of them

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

American 2012 ban

The federal American ban on incandescent light bulbs is approaching...

As previously posted,
the HR 2354 Energy and Water bill as already passed in the Republican controlled House of Representatives,
contains the Burgess amendment that cuts the funds needed to implement and monitor American federal light bulb regulation starting January 2012, which would otherwise have seen regular 100 Watt bulbs removed from sale at such date.

This bill is now in the Democrat-controlled Senate:
Since it funds a range of energy measures generally desired also by the Senate Democrats it might be passed, albeit that it would take some time, given the range of additional amendments that have just been added, on November 15.

Other possible ways for American consumers to still be able buy the bulbs in future,
are the individual state repeal bills (already legislated in Texas, still progressing in Pennsylvania, Michigan and some other states: http://ceolas.net/#li01inx),
and the likely delay of the Canada 2012 ban to 2014 (CBC article),
although Mexico also seems set to implement regulations in 2012.

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