There’s No Conserve In Conservative

-Submitted by David Drumm (Nal), Guest Blogger

The latest incoherence from the Right has to do with incandescence, as in incandescent light bulbs. The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, a bill mandating higher efficiency standards, passed by massive majorities in Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush, has put the kibosh on inefficient incandescent light bulbs. Obviously, an example of socialism/communism/fascism run amok.

H.R. 2417 is a bill sponsored by Representative Joe Barton (R-Texas) that will save the incandescent light bulb. The debate on the debt ceiling did not hinder the vote on this critical legislation. The vote was Yea: 233, Nay: 193, but required a two-thirds majority because it was brought up by the method of “suspension of the rules.”

Barton seems to be concerned with the mercury content of compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). This was the same Barton who was not concerned with the 1,235 pounds of mercury that are released into the environment every year from just one coal-fired  power plant. As can be seen from the chart above, the worst case exposure to mercury from a broken CFL is equivalent to eating a 6 oz. can of tuna.

However, all of this faux outrage is moot. Philips, GE, and Sylvania, are producing incandescent light bulbs that meet the EISA standards. The Philips line is called EcoVantage.

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the economic benefits of switching to more efficient light bulbs will include:

savings of $100 to $200 plus per year in the form of lower electric bills in each American household.

H/T: Kevin Drum, Stephen Lacey.

52 thoughts on “There’s No Conserve In Conservative

  1. SwM,

    ” Bought a little black dress last year with 3/4 length sleeves. lol”

    Me too … ah, well … gravity

  2. Poor Nal … he posts a really great article and then has to suffer trolls and us … he probably wants to throw us out of the shop.

  3. Blouise sez: “Poor Nal … he posts a really great article and then has to suffer trolls and us … he probably wants to throw us out of the shop.”

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    It may be all my fault. It ran off the rails when I brought up the matter of the toilet paper the State issued us. Paper so cheap it had splinters in it. Somehow the discussion took a very strange turn after that. I do not, however, take any responsibility for the trolls.

  4. OS,

    We used to get like this every Friday night from about 10:00pm till after midnight … it’s kinda like sittin’ on the front porch, swingin’, talkin’, and drinkin’ lemonade.

  5. Something weird has happened to my computer. I have no idea what is going on so I may be away a bit until I can sort this out. It’s tough not being as smart as your toys.

  6. Blouise 1, July 17, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    OS,

    We used to get like this every Friday night from about 10:00pm till after midnight … it’s kinda like sittin’ on the front porch, swingin’, talkin’, and drinkin’ lemonade.

    ————-
    🙂

  7. So I’m more entitled to engage in polygamy than choose my own fucking light bulbs?

    Jesus H. Christ chief…

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