House Republicans decided that want to vote to repeal the act that placed restrictions on incandescent light bulbs starting in 2012. The House of aRepresentatives was set to vote on it today, but its not expected to be repealed in the Democratically controlled Senate, and because the Obama administration strongly supports it.
It seems insignificant that we’re debating over the use of light bulbs when we have a huge issue with the debt ceiling lingering, among other serious issues, doesn’t it? But it really isn’t about light bulbs. It’s about law makers and the outrage of the people. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) stated, “This is more than just energy consumption, it is about personal freedom”. He has a point.
Who is Congress to say what kind of light bulbs we can and cannot use? And WHY? In 2007, when the bill was introduced as the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, it was passed on the appeal of saving the country $6 billion in 2015 alone. Law makers also charged that it would reduce household electric bills by $85 a year– whoop-de-doo!!! [But who are they kidding? The cost of the lightbulbs would go up since the restrictions from the law would be placed on manufacturers and how they do business, so the true savings, or maybe even costs, is not known.)
What is most frustrating is that Rep. Upton (R-Michigan), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, was the lead sponsor of the bill when it passed in 2007. He has since retracted his support and says he’ll vote ‘yes’ to the repeal to ‘guard against government overreach’. He also said that people’s outrage shows that free markets are what should control the pool from which consumers pull from.
So essentially, lawmakers are willing to pass anything and everything if it has the right ring to it and will do so quietly until people are outraged and take action. Think of all the things that pass without us knowing that would probably enrage the hell out of us. And you’d probably be surprised how many times people from your party vote a way you wouldn’t assume. This energy bill passed the first time in the House 264-163 and 65-27 in the Senate. I urge you to look into what is really going on. Because whether it be by light bulbs or due process, we are slowly losing freedoms.
You can track voting records for your representatives at http://www.govtrack.us/