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Banning the Incandescent Bulb Ban

10 Feb 2011  |   Damien Shirley

Tags: Clean Energy

More than 20 GOP House members--including Reps. Joe Barton and Ron Paul of Texas--are proposing legislation to repeal the phaseout of energy-inefficient incandescent light bulbs. Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Rep. Michael Burgess of Texas are expected to propose their own repeal bills later this month.

Polling shows that more Americans favor the phaseout than oppose it; regardless, 60% of Americans are planning to switch to more energy-efficient lighting anyway.

The phaseout bill was passed by the Democratic Congress and signed into law by President Bush in 2007. Interestingly enough, one of the bill's chief sponsors was none other than Michigan Rep. Fred Upton, whose environmental record has taken a sharp turn for the worse since he took control of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

So far, Rep. Upton has only said his committee will hold a hearing on the phaseout.

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