America says “Hands off my light bulbs!”

From Rasmussen Reports:

Washington’s got another bright idea that most Americans don’t like.

Just 18% of adults think it’s the government’s job to tell Americans what kind of light bulb they use, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Seventy-two percent (72%) say it’s none of the government’s business, and 10% are not sure.”

In an attempt to promote energy efficiency, the federal government passed a law in 2007 requiring consumers to dump incandescent light bulbs, forcing most Americans to use compact fluorescent light bulbs.

More results from the survey:

Most Americans (53%) say they have followed news reports about the government-mandated light bulb switch at least somewhat closely, with 21% who have followed it very closely. Only 13% say they haven’t followed news about the change at all.

The 79% of Americans who haven’t been following this closely probably aren’t aware of the grave dangers posed by compact fluorescent light bulbs.  When they find out that these bulbs threaten our families and our environment, opposition to Uncle Sam’s light bulb grab is likely to grow.


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One response to “America says “Hands off my light bulbs!”

  1. People should simply use the lights they like, since the savings of a switch to CFLs aren’t that great

    An extensive list of (referenced) reasons see onwards

    This includes power rating, lifespan, brightness, usage frequency and other issues

    Amazingly, few people question the basis of the bans: there is no energy shortage, and if there was, the price rise would mean people buying more energy efficient products anyway
    (compare with cars).
    No need to legislate for Obama Cars and Obama Light Bulbs!

    As for emissions: Light bulbs don’t give out gases, power stations might.
    Even if assumed power stations can’t be dealt with quickly enough, light bulb tax would give government money and keep choice, though it’s also wrong in principle (why should emission-free households be taxed).


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