Dim-bulb Bachmann brings back lightbulb bill

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Dottie Mae
Bachmann doesn't trust a lighting technology if it's less than 120 years old.
They can have Michele Bachmann's incandescent light bulbs when they pry them from her cold dead fingers.

The Tea Party receptacle doesn't want big government intruding into her sockets, and she's reintroduced a bill to preserve freedom of choice when it comes to electrical illumination.

Bachmann's bill would roll back parts of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 that phases out the use of conventional incandescent bulbs by 2012.

The Minnesota representative tried to strike this blow for light bulb liberty once before in 2008, but that bill was killed off by agents of the Fluorescent Conspiracy. Whether the move will fare any better with Republican majorities in the House and Senate remains to be seen, but in the meantime, history is moving forward.

Ikea, meanwhile, has already stopped carrying regular incandescent bulbs, and more than half of Americans have already switched over to the twisty-shaped energy-efficient bulbs.

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Tiff
Tiff

Well Kirk is right. Funny how the left doesn't care about all of the poisons and mercury that will be forced to be in every house, in every garbage (yes, cause that is where mine are going when they blow out) and in the ground. What about the EN-VI- O- MWENT.

They don't last like they are supposed to, the pigtails burn out after a few months, and if you break one you need to open all of your windows, put on rubber gloves, sweep it with a brush and then throw out everything double bagged and cut out the carpet. Nice libs, nice.

majii
majii

If liberals are at fault, why did GWB sign the bill into law that phases out fluorescent bulbs? He could have vetoed the bill! Bachmann was a member of Congress at the time. If she was so concerned about the phasing out of fluorescent bulbs, why didn't she speak up back in 2007? I know the answer to these questions. Bachmann doesn't know what bills are being considered and passed in Congress, because she misses more sessions than any member in the H. of Rs. An example of how out of touch she is with what goes on in the House was a post at the MN Independent recently stating that Bachmann just found out that the HCR bill was passed with a mandated funding amendment!!

swmnguy
swmnguy

The real answer is LED's. But Rep. Bachmann doesn't really care about lighting or energy, and her goofball supporters aren't smart enough to figure that out.

lighthouse10
lighthouse10

The ban is wrong, in my view:Unfortunately the focus just seems to be on the fluorescents (CFLs)

All lights have their advantages, including CFLs, and including old simple incandescents over Halogens and other "efficient" incandescent varieties:

This is not like a normal ban on an unsafe product like lead paint,but simply to reduce electricity consumption.

Even if there are some electricity savings, people pay for the electricity they use:There is no energy shortage including of future low emission electricity, that justifies telling people what they can use in their homes (and if there was, the bulbs could simply be taxed, covering subsidies on other bulbs to make them cheaper).How market competition or light bulb taxation could work in practice, with examples: http://ceolas.net/#li23x.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Everyone please answer kirk's call to action to go stalk poor people so you can get really angry. I will tell you that I can think of no better first date.

Dave the Liberal Knave
Dave the Liberal Knave

BTW, the next meeting of the Liberal Fluorescent Conspiracy is at Jerry's place next Wednesday, out in the garage. His dad says don't touch anything on the workbench. On the agenda: "Why We Hate People So Much And Want To Make Conservatives Go Crazy."

Buu
Buu

Bachmann is a deluded nut on a lot of things but she's right about this one. Outlawing incandescent lightbulbs is ridiculous.

Jerboa
Jerboa

The law will not outlaw incandescents. It will outlaw inefficient incandescents. There are incandescent offerings by Philips and Sylvania that meet the requirements of this law.

mnjoe
mnjoe

Kirk, do you miss leaded gasoline too?

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

I do, I would sniff leaded gasoline for hours at a time every day of my youth.

vitajex
vitajex

Kirk's a DIY guy.

He "leads" his own gasoline in his garage.

vitajex
vitajex

Remember a couple of years ago, when the media invoked a semi-official moratorium on stories about Paris Hilton? It served to help to starve the monster.

I'd like to see the media declare a similar moratorium on Bachmannalia.

One month without seeing her plastic grin and dead eyes.

One month without being forced to stare into the abyss that is her "soul".

One month without wanting to punch my TV or computer screen.

Who's with me?

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Once again the liberals are trying to silence my truth. Listen jerkwad the freedom to choose your own lightbulb is a freedom that the troops die for. In this time of high unemployment Republicans have been focused on the issues that matter most to clear thinkers like Kirk and Me, namely lightbulbs and redefining what is considered rape.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Interesting how those so concerned about the environment, and especially the mercury content in the environment, are silent about this. If you through 1 million of these into the dump (which they will end up) the dump will have to be closed to humans due to the hazard of the mercury. Then let's wait a few years for it to seep into the water supply. CFLs contain a small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing – an average of 4 -10 milligrams (mg) per bulb depending on wattage and size of bulb. Drop a mercury filled thermometer in a school and they shut it down for a week, while they spend $1,000s of dollars to clean it up. But hey, lets put an average of 100-200 mg of mercury in every household in America. Hey, I guess they must think every family needs a child with birth defects. Fun Stuff right?Or perhaps they are looking to causes homosexuality in birds. No I'm not joking! Are the so called "do-gooder" Democrats and Republicans trying to cause a future environmental, fish, mammal/ human crisis? Something almost demonic about pushing these light bulbs.

but hey, don't trust me - LOOK IT UP!

"light bulb liberty" Nick? Hell we still allow people in government subsidized housing to run the heat/ac full blast, while having their house windows wide open. MaryIand & Barclay on Saint Paul's East Side. If anyone lives in this area, drive through there today-tonight while it's in the single digits and prepare to be appalled by the energy waste. Maybe that's the thought; fill their houses with mercury in hopes they don't reproduce.

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green23
green23

Remember, Kirk, you said that Democrats should support DOMA because Clinton signed it into law. Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 into law. Doesn't that mean that you are somehow mysteriously bound to support this legislation in the same way?

It seems that that the voices in your head aren't even listening to each other any more.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

First off, nice diversion away from my rock solid case against the pig tail light bulbs.Secondly, you're suggesting I actually supported Bush more than half the time? Well, that presumption would be wrong. He took that dead end left turn in about 2005 in a wild attempt to appease people whom only wish to suck his blood.See, I understand this "freedom of independent thought" thing is a little hard to understand for you lefty drones.

In addition, I’m guessing your inner thoughts contain a combination of:1. doot-doot-doodle-oodle oot doot do do... (Circus music)2. You screaming; "Party over Policy!" (Blind political rhetoric)

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