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“YES” on H.R. 2417, the “Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act of 2011.”

July 12, 2011

NTU urges all Representatives to vote “YES” on H.R. 2417, the “Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act of 2011.” Sponsored by Rep. Barton (R-TX), this bill would repeal a provision of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 that acts as a de facto ban on incandescent light bulbs.  

The regulatory assault on incandescent bulbs in favor of compact fluorescent bulbs and light-emitting diode bulbs is another lamentable example of Washington inserting its heavy-handed judgment into the free markets. The forced transition has been dogged by a number of problems as the new bulbs are more expensive, can be less reliable than once touted, and can contain more pollutants than traditional incandescents.

Unfortunately, the de facto ban eliminates consumers’ ability to take these drawbacks into account when purchasing a light bulb. Furthermore, by picking winners and losers in the marketplace well before the new bulbs have been more thoroughly proven from a technological or economic standpoint, Washington is doing so-called green technology (not to mention taxpayers) an enormous disservice. To achieve the biggest gains, free markets must be allowed to channel their resources toward products based on their promise of being cleaner and cheaper, not on political pressure.

The BULB Act would reintroduce the power of the free market to lower costs and push nascent technologies towards their true potential. For those reasons, roll call votes on H.R. 2417 will be significantly weighted in our annual Rating of Congress and a “YES” vote will be considered the pro-taxpayer position.

If you have any questions, please contact NTU Federal Government Affairs Manager Brandon Greife at (703) 683-5700