Free Markets, Free People
Saving the incandescent light bulb
Apparently the latest, agreed upon government “shutdown-averting” budget bill has a rider included in it that would save the incandescent light bulb.
DOE’s light bulb rules — authorized under a 2007 energy law authored signed by President George W. Bush — would start going into effect Jan. 1.
Got it? Moving on, the rider would essentially prevent DOE from enforcing the standard by defunding that process. And the GOP has given Democrats some cover by leaving a provision that requires any DOE grant recipients of greater than $1 million to certify they will upgrade the efficiency of their facilities by replacing any lighting to meet or exceed the 2007 energy law’s standards.
The usual suspects are bemoaning this. Read this and weep because it is people like this who are driving us toward the edge of the liberty and freedom cliff and into the abyss of even more authoritarian and intrusive government:
"In the real world, outside talk radio’s echo chamber, lighting manufacturers such as GE, Philips and Sylvania have tooled up to produce new incandescent light bulbs that look and operate exactly the same as old incandescent bulbs, and give off just as much warm light," said Jim DiPeso, the group’s policy director. "The only difference is they produce less excess heat and are therefore 30 percent more efficient. Same light, lower energy bills. What’s not to like?"
What’s not to like?! The fact that you’re using the force of government to make decisions that are frankly none of your damn business, sir. That’s what. The essence of freedom is choice. Free choice. What’s not to like is your abrogation of that freedom Mr. DiPeso.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering what left wing group Mr. DiPeso speaks for it’s the Republicans for Environmental Protection.
One other thing … thank goodness for the talk radio echo chamber. If it takes that to keep up with authoritarians like DiPeso, more power to the genre.
Bottom line, of course, the incandescent light bulb is simply one of many such intrusions that government, sponsored by both parties, continues to make in our daily lives.
Government is involved in ways and in areas never even imagined by our founders. It exercises control of our lives that is unprecedented in this country. Light bulbs for heaven sake. Freakin’ light bulbs. If the OWS goons need a real reason to protest, here’s a beauty.
The old metaphor of the frog in the pot of slowly heating water remains apt. The banning of light bulbs, something I’m sure any number of big government types will think is trite, is another lesson in what government is not only about, but what it will do if left to its own devices.
And that includes both parties.