The House will vote on Rep. Joe Barton’s, R-Texas, Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB Act) tonight according to Republican leadership sources. The BULB Act would repeal Title III of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 which effectively banned the sale of most incandescent light bulbs. The incandescent bulb ban is blamed for closing the last ordinary incandescent light bulb factory in the United States and sending jobs overseas.
Last week, Energy Secretary Steven Chu made the case for the incandsecent bulb ban last week claiming, “We are taking away a choice that continues to let people waste their own money.” The BULB Act would expand choice and let consumer choose between the cheaper but inefficient incandescent bulbs and the more expensive, toxic-mercury filled, energy-efficient compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs) alternative.
Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., has already sponsored companion legislation in the Senate. Enzi said at the time: “Some argue that this mandate is essential to foster innovation. They tell us that we are on the verge of new lighting technology that will revolutionize light bulbs, saving consumer money and saving energy. I hope this is the case. However, if the new light bulbs that are on the horizon are significantly better than the bulbs that exist now, the American people will buy them. It isn’t our job to force them from one product to another. If left alone, the best bulb will win its rightful standing in the marketplace. Government doesn’t need to be in the business of telling people what light bulb they have to use.”