House blocks enforcement of incandescent light bulb ban, again
posted at 3:27 pm on July 10, 2013 by Erika Johnsen
The light-bulb related ‘energy efficiency’ provision of the the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which essentially promotes more expensive compact fluorescent light bulbs, seems destined to never see the light of day:
Just like last year, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) proposed the language as an addition to the energy and water spending bill. His language prohibits the use of any funds at the Department of Energy to implement the standards.
Burgess said the federal government should not use regulations to impose standards that force consumers to buy the pricier bulbs, and said the market should be allowed to sort it out.“If the new energy-efficient light bulbs save money, and if they’re better for the environment, we should trust our constituents to make the choice on their own move toward these bulbs,” he said. “Let the market decide.”
The government was authorized to impose standards for bulbs under the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, although Congress has delayed implementation of the standards for several years.
It’s still regrettable, however, that businesses as well as consumers are stuck in this perpetual state of uncertainty; and as I mentioned a few months ago, the decision to pass the original legislation was an exceptionally poor one, as is all top-down central planning that attempts to dictate consumer behavior and direct innovation based on nothing more than political preferences.