Perhaps Republican legislators might actually want to change one of their own light bulbs these days, and they’d discover that modern CFL’s deliver about the same color tone with none of their old annoying problems as incandescents. Then, they’d stop being obsessed with eliminating regulations calling for more energy efficient light bulbs. For starters, they’ve been pretending (don’t know better) that the new regulations don’t ban incandescents at all, just force them to be more efficient. And, the light bulb industry is down with this. The image below (via Drum) gets right to the heart of it:
So, do you know what the Republican Party is doing to the lighting industry? Introducing uncertainty! But, I thought uncertainty is bad. And, actually, in this case, it clearly is. Apparently what’s worse is the stinkin’ gov’ment telling you what kind of damn light bulb you can use! What’s next– forcing us all to eat quinoa?
Truth is, one might consider the light bulb marketplace an example where the market is not working as it should, and thus the government should step in with additional regulation. Standard incandescent bulbs are amazingly cheap, so people buy them. They are also amazingly inefficient for producing light. I seem to recall some line about them being heat generators that produce some light as a side effect. Thus, people buy them because they are cheap and they feel that right then and it’s much easier to discount the much higher electricity costs, and therefore higher lifetime expense, for the bulb. If people really were rational consumers, they’d buy bulbs with a lower overall lifetime cost that gave off equivalent light. CFL’s do that now. As, of course, do the newer more efficient incandescents the Republicans are against.
It it most definitely in our nation’s interest not to waste our resources heating our homes with light bulbs. And, it is in most everybody’s individual interest to do the same (they just don’t realize it). Sounds to me like exactly the sort of situation you’d want the government to step in and tip the scales of the marketplace to something more rational.