Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The tyranny of light bulbs

Who says Boehner's House of Dysfunction can't get anything done? Why just today Republicans rescued America from freedom robbing energy efficiency.
The House on Wednesday voted to block the enforcement of light bulb standards that many say would effectively force people to buy more expensive compact fluorescent bulbs.

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.
Of course, the law doesn't actually force anyone to buy any particular light bulb. There will be incandescent bulbs available that meet the standards. In fact, the industry has spent significant sums of money retooling their manufacturing plants to produce a variety of bulbs that meet the standards.

By abolishing the funding for the enforcement of the standards, Republicans have effectively given Chinese rip-off artists a license to undercut American manufacturers. But the freedom to waste our declining energy resources is a God-given right that can not be abridged. Or something. As long as it pisses off liberals and those gotdam tree huggers, it will please the crackpot base. Nothing else matters. Ever.

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Blogger merlallen said...

For the majority of cons their only political philosophy is "if a liberal's for it, I'm against it" it doesn't matter what it is. And never mind that the liberal they hate only lives in their imaginations. they have some cartoon '60s caricature of a liberal in their minds and they really really hate that guy.
and also never mind that liberal policies also benefit them. I ask them to name one single thing that the Repub party has done to help them and they can't. But it doesn't matter, either. the "liberal" gives those people free money. and the repubs screw every one except the rich. But the Repubs screw those people harder so it's all good. that is one sick philosophy to live by.

8:21:00 PM  
Blogger merlallen said...

My cousin told me that exact thing, the Repubs screwed her over but they screwed "those people in New Orleans" harder.
She might have changed her mind since my cousin came out as gay.

8:23:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I know a lot of people like that too. Never understand their mindset.

12:37:00 PM  

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