Lots of Heat and Not Much Light in the Lightbulb Wars


It hasn't been improved on since! Image Credit: US Patent Office

It seems that this story isn't going away anytime soon, particularly now that Michele Bachmann is considering a presidential run. According to Gail Collins in the New York Times, she is now saying "Instead of a leaner, smarter government, we bought a bureaucracy that now tells us which light bulbs to buy." (Why do they keep blaming Obama for Bush's legislation?). In South Carolina, they are proposing the " Incandescent Light Bulb Freedom Act"Rand Paul goes so far as to compare it to the abortion debate:

Paul claimed that Obamaites favored "a woman's right to an abortion, but you don't favor a woman's or a man's right to choose what kind of light bulb."

Andy Revnick sums it all up at DotEarth:

I'm a big fan of calls for fiscal responsibility. What I personally dislike is reflexive, nearly spasmodic, rejection of a role for government in fostering progress that can fit on a finite planet.

More on the Lightbulb Wars
Are Americans Hoarding Incandescent Bulbs?
Only in America: The "Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act" : TreeHugger