About New Electric Politics
This blog accompanies the website New Electric Politics (http://ceolas.net/).
The website sets out the overall picture of how to achieve energy efficiency:
relevantly and significantly via electricity generation and distribution rather than consumption, a consumption in turn more appropriately dealt with by market competition or taxation measures, and indeed by product standard information.
But such standards should inform of choices - rather than exclude what people might want to buy in terms of safe-to-use products, product versions with their own advantages in spite of a greater energy consumption.
People freely pay for the electricity they use of which there is no future energy source shortage, and any shortage of a resource raises its price and reduces its use anyway - without regulations.
As it happens - and in comparison with all the better alternative policies described -
light bulb regulations save less than 1% of society energy use anyway, as shown by US Dept of Energy and official EU statistics (http://ceolas.net/#li171x).
The website light bulb section therefore lays out the all the reasons why the supposed justifications for light bulb regulations do not hold up, whether it's to save energy, emissions, or money, or as a necessary and only way to stimulate manufacturers to make energy saving bulbs, or to get rid of old "obsolescent" technology (a technology which also happens to be well-known, safe, simple and cheap) - as a few examples.
For a summary of reasons why light bulb regulations are wrong,
and how consumers hardly save money regardless of energy savings,
also see the first post here: http://freedomlightbulb.blogspot.com/2011/06/big-deception.html