TeeJaw Blog

Darkness Falls in 49 Days — Are You Ready?

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Monday, November 14, 2011, 8: 48 AM

The Occupy Wall Street crime wave and protest might not be so obnoxious if they were protesting something actually worthy of protest.  Like the incandescent light bulb ban the goes into effect on January 1, 2012.  On and after that date you will no longer be able to purchase 100-watt incandescent bulbs.  This should have people marching in the streets.  Darkness will fall because the curly bulb florescent replacement for the traditional 100-watt bulb not only costs about five times as much, it is only a 40-watt equivalent.  Of course, you’ll still be able to buy halogen incandescent bulbs, also about five times more costly, and read by the ghoulish, glary light they put out.

Obama and his energy secretary Steven Chu are going around saying thing like this:

“Right now many families around the country are struggling to pay their energy bills, and leaders in the House want to roll back these standards that will save families money.…

“You’ll still be able to buy halogen incandescent bulbs. They’ll look and feel the same, but the only difference is that they’ll save consumers money.”

Of tea partiers’s philosophical argument that the law would deprive consumers of the choice of lighting products, Chu said, these standards are not taking choices away, they are “putting money back in the pockets of American families.”

With their striking higher purchase price these bulbs are not going to be putting money in anyone’s pockets, and why is it any business of Obama and Steven Chu anyway?  You take care of your pockets Messrs. Obama and Chu and we’ll take of ours.  What about all the extra money that will be going into the pockets of the light bulb manufactures because they have a lock on a product that we are forced to buy?  Take away consumer choice and even the law of gravity doesn’t work anymore.  Prices go one way, and that is up.

The impending end of the incandescent bulb has been known for about 2 years now and still the only people marching in the streets are Obama’s Brown Shirts making messes and committing crimes that cover the gamut  from littering (everywhere) to rape (Zuccotti Park) to murder (Occupy Oakland).    As the time is nigh people are starting to stock up on the bulbs they’ve been using since Edison invented it. The old bulbs even come in a variety that gives off a soft, soothing light to read by.  Sorry to say but soft and soothing gets replaced by dim and dank (or ghoulish and glary if you go with the halogen-incandescents) in 49 days.  A fitting symbol of the Obama presidency.

One-hundred watt bulbs are flying off the shelf at Home Depot.  But not at the rate I would have expected.  Maybe a lot of people haven’t been paying attention and are in for a big surprise on January 1, 2012.  The big surprise will be how much more costly light bulbs are going to be, and how dim and unpleasant it is to read by them.  Not to be mention how weird it is to screw in a light bulb the looks like an order of curly fries at a fast-food joint.

It is a sign of the times, a government so intrusive into every nook and cranny of private life to have made even the lowly light bulb a political issue.  It is no good to say you don’t like politics, who does?  Like or not, you can no longer avoid it.


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  1. Ken Spiker said, on Monday, November 14, 2011, 8: 53 AM at 8:53 AM

    I’ve been hoarding lightbulbs for the last 2 years. I have a whole cupboard full.

    • TeeJaw said, on Monday, November 14, 2011, 11: 56 AM at 11:56 AM

      Jackson Moore lighting in Jackson, Wyoming has been selling incandescent bulbs by the case of 144 bulbs each all year. I hope Texas follows through with its promise to attract light bulb manufacturing plants to make incandescent bulbs for sale only in Texas. Then a thriving black market will develop. Our founding fathers were all smugglers of commodities George IV taxed excessively, so it’s fitting that we carry on that venerable tradition.

  2. lighthouse said, on Monday, November 14, 2011, 11: 49 AM at 11:49 AM

    Apart from affecting people’s product choice,
    the actual switchover savings are not that great anyway =
    less than 1% of overall energy use, and 1-2% grid electricity is saved,
    as shown by USA Dept of Energy EU statistics and other official information
    with alternative and much more meaningful ways to save energy in
    generation, distribution or consumption.

    Light bulbs don’t burn coal or release CO2.
    Power plants might!
    If there’s a problem – deal with the problem,
    rather than this obviously token ban on simple safe light bulbs that people
    overwhelningly still like to use.

    • TeeJaw said, on Monday, November 14, 2011, 11: 58 AM at 11:58 AM

      Right you are. This is more about control over our lives than saving energy. If the electricity comes from a nuclear power plant then light bulbs don’t burn coal or release CO2 at all. Better yet, the don’t contain mercury as do the curly bulbs.

      Watch for a post I’m working on about North America being a net consumer of CO2 so that none of the CO2 released in North America stays in the atmosphere long enough to have any greenhouse effect.

  3. lighthouse said, on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 7: 43 AM at 7:43 AM

    Thanks TeeJaw…
    look forward to the CO2 posting

    RE CO2 and light bulbs,
    ironically several scientific studies show that light bulb bans may increase rather than decrease CO2 emissions
    in several Canadian states, and other regions worldwide

    Besides, the CO2 climate change historic data is rarely questioned, unlike temperature change, despite the CO2 data only being recently available as direct atmospheric measurements
    (and relying on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, measurements for several decades post 1950) but that is another issue…

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