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. LK,

    I am sure that there are straight males would wear one of these…I on the other hand think that it would look better on the opposite sex…but that is just me…

  2. Blouise,

    I am been known to be malleable…But I do not think that I could fit in a BD nor should I try….The hair on the legs and the horseshoe mustache would be a dead give away….

  3. Good advice, blouise. My ex brother in law just married the first woman he met after the divorce. He met her on match.com. Just hope the black dress stays little and does not grow too much with age. Bought a little black dress last year with 3/4 length sleeves. lol

  4. AY: “But how the hell does that apply to men….they look great and natural in anything that they do?”
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    I have only one word for you, dear sir, “Mankini”

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=mankini

    There are so many links I could have posted under the warning: ‘Don’t open this link unless you want your eyes to melt like the Nazi’s at the end of Raiders Of The Lost Ark’ but had second thoughts. Just search the word, you will get your fill of those links quickly enough.

  5. How do CFLs work?

    Older CFLs used large and heavy magnetic ballasts that caused a buzzing noise in some bulbs. Most CFLs today — and all ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs — use electronic ballasts, which do not buzz or hum.

  6. Anonymously Yours
    1, July 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm
    Ok, Blouise,

    I’ll bite….I thought that there was some sarcasm in the BDR such as laughing when TP was stuck…..I know that it is the perfect all occasion dress that can be dressed up or down…

    But how the hell does that apply to men….they look great and natural in anything that they do?

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    AY … you are a babe in the woods and for all your days spent in that lovely convertible, I suspect you are putty in a woman’s hands.

    Picking a husband is like picking that perfect little black dress … cost can be a factor but … the quality, fit, and the style are paramount for that husband should last for years … take your time and don’t walk out of the store with the first thing you see or, horrors upon horrors, one you haven’t tried on.

  7. Just to add my 2cents you can not only get different wattage for these bulbs ,you can also get different varieties of lighting,bright white,bright etc.Also saw them in colors.

  8. Ok, Blouise,

    I’ll bite….I thought that there was some sarcasm in the BDR such as laughing when TP was stuck…..I know that it is the perfect all occasion dress that can be dressed up or down…

    But how the hell does that apply to men….they look great and natural in anything that they do?

  9. AY,

    One searches for the perfect little black dress … cost can be a factor but … the quality, fit, and the style are paramount for that dress should last for years.

    Some women apply the perfect little black dress rule to a husband … 😉

  10. I’m with Blouise and culheath. I have no trouble reading and prefer the cooler light of the fluorescents and never has a hum. I actually haven’t checked my electric bill to try to extract the benefit of any savings because I prefer the quality of light. I wouldn’t go back to incandescents as long as there’s an unread book in the house. 🙂

  11. Ok Blouise,

    I’ll bite…the LBD Rules is what other than elegance defined by Channel….I don’t want to dress it down but thinking about the TP tails…..which become the tales….

  12. Blouise, I used to work for a state agency. The toilet paper had splinters in it. Literally.

    The late astronaut, Wally Shirra, once said that it gave him pause when he considered he was going into space on equipment from the lowest bidder.

    Moral of the story: Do not buy on the cheap. Quality remains long after cost is forgotten.

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