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House Expected to Vote on BULB Act Today

12 Jul 2011  |   Damien Shirley

Tags: Congress, House

The House of Representatives is expected to vote later today on H.R. 2417—the BULB Act—which would repeal light bulb efficiency standards that were signed into law back in 2007.

The new standards do not ban old-fashioned incandescent bulbs, but they do require all bulbs manufactured in 2012 and beyond to be more energy-efficient.

The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that the new standards will save American consumers around $12 billion a year, or roughly $100 per household. According to NRDC, the energy saved by these new standards will prevent 100 million tons of carbon pollution emissions annually—the equivalent of taking 17 million cars off the road.

The original standards were proposed by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), who recanted his support shortly before securing the chairmanship of the House Energy & Commerce Committee. The repeal bill was sponsored by Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), who made headlines for apologizing to BP in the wake of their massive oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico.

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