Congress dictates too many minor issues. Take the light bulb for example.
Thomas Edison created the first incandescent bulb in 1879. The bulbs are safe, cheap and reliable.
President George Bush signed an energy bill that took aim at the light bulb. About 90 percent of the electricity that goes to a typical bulb generates heat, not light. The new rules require bulbs to be 25 percent more efficient. Incandescents can’t do that, so they will be discontinued.
There are multiple problems with that. Compact Fluorescent Lights, or CFLs, are more expensive and contain hazardous mercury. The Wall Street Journal reported that their promised longevity is exaggerated by almost 33 percent. There are many consumer complaints that they emit a light that is annoying and in many cases gives people headaches. And they are much more expensive than incandescent bulbs.
CFLs, since they don’t generate heat, don’t work in some motion detector lights. They do come on, but don’t get hot enough to turn off. The other problem is that cities which are using them in traffic lights are finding out that CFL traffic lights don’t get hot enough to melt any snow or ice that cover them, so workers have to manually remove the snow.
Even worse is that compact florescent bulbs are made in China, while incandescent bulbs are made in America. The government is again manipulating the market and is sending more work overseas. And why should Congress decide what kind of bulbs people use in their own homes? It isn’t a safety issue, it is a matter of choice.
A group of House Republicans, including Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who gave a response to the President’s State of the Union Address, and Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, have introduced a bill to repeal the earlier standard.
Thank you Republican House members. Let people chose which light bulbs to buy, don’t legislate it. Congress is making too many decisions better left to the people.