The House on Wednesday voted to block the enforcement of light bulb standards that many say would effectively force people to buy more expensive compact fluorescent bulbs.Because gawd knows the American people don't need to be saving money on energy bills if it means that we have to live in the 21st century and acknowledge that saving energy and money is a good thing. "The tyrant is taking away our light bulbs!" scream the teabaggers who couldn't legislate their way out of a paper bag. No, seriously. If you don't remember it, you must read the saga of "Rep. Steve King and the scary lightbulbs of scary doom." Now. Go read. I'll wait.
Just like last year, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) proposed the language as an addition to the energy and water spending bill. His language prohibits the use of any funds at the Department of Energy to implement the standards.
Steve Benen, a much more patient soul than I, has presented once again all the information about why pretty much everything the nihilists have to say about the ongoing great light bulb war is totally made up and totally stupid. Nobody's light bulb has been banned. Nobody will be forced at gunpoint to save energy with an efficient light bulb. And, yes, the whole efficient light bulb thing was signed into law in 2007. By President Bush. At which time it was not creeping totalitarianism. No, that didn't happen until President Obama came along.
Meanwhile, when are we going to see that jobs bill from the House Republicans?