Senator Working to Repeal Incandescent Light Bulb Ban

About time if you ask me.

On Thurs­day, Repub­li­can Sen­a­tor Mike Enzi of Wyoming intro­duced leg­is­la­tion to reverse a 2007 ban on incan­des­cent light bulbs that is sched­uled to take effect Jan­u­ary 1, 2012.

The Bet­ter Use of Light Bulbs Act (BULB) is intended to repeal the amend­ment that was attached to a com­pre­hen­sive energy bill signed by Pres­i­dent George W. Bush in 2007. The ban on incan­des­cent light bulbs was intended to save energy and limit pollution.

Now, Enzi and other law­mak­ers are attack­ing the ban as a mea­sure that lim­its choices for Amer­i­cans. “I think it’s fine if some­one wants to fill their home or busi­ness with the light from the new bulbs,” said Enzi in a statement.

I also think it is fine if some­one wants to buy an old-fashioned bulb because it works bet­ter for them,” he added. “ 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.”

The BULB Act has 27 co-sponsors, includ­ing Repub­li­can Sens. John Bar­rasso of Wyoming and Jim DeMint of South Carolina.

You can see the list of 27 co-sponsors here. (If that doesn’t work, search Thomas under S.395.)  Among them is Wisconsin’s newest Sen­a­tor Ron Johnson.

The House has a sim­i­lar mea­sure, it was intro­duced by Joe Bar­ton of Texas.

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