The Incandescent Light Bulb: Saved From Extinction?!
Last night, House and Senate negotiators came to an agreement on a $1 trillion spending bill that would avoid a government shutdown. Not only that, but when all was said and done, a rider that would prevent the extinction of the incandescent light bulb (my favorite invention) was kept in the bill.
The Washington Times headline dramatically states "Congress Overturns Incandescent Light Bulb Ban"
Congressional negotiators struck a deal Thursday that overturns the new rules that were to have banned sales of traditional incandescent light bulbs beginning next year.
That agreement is tucked inside the massive 1,200-page spending bill that funds the government through the rest of this fiscal year, and which both houses of Congress will vote on Friday. Mr. Obama is expected to sign the bill, which heads off a looming government shutdown.
Congressional Republicans dropped almost all of the policy restrictions they tried to attach to the bill, but won inclusion of the light bulb provision, which prevents the Obama administration from carrying through a 2007 law that would have set energy efficiency standards that effectively made the traditional light bulb obsolete.
But this part I don't quite understand:
The bill doesn’t actually amend the 2007 law, but does prohibit the administration from spending any money to carry out the light bulb standards — which amounts to at least a temporary reprieve.
So, we're not out of the woods yet? Enemies of my favorite invention could still win the day? The ban is still in place, but money to enforce standards won't be allocated? How does this work, exactly? Anyone know?
Anyway, I mentioned last night during the live chat that I was planning to give 100-watt incandescent bulbs as Christmas presents. (Sigh.) So much for that great idea. I guess I've got to go out shopping again.