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Dimmer Switch On Enforcement Unlikely To Darken Lightbulb Efficiency Standards


Congress is all set to pass a $1.1 trillion budget this week. The massive spending bill, which has already cleared the House and is likely to pass in the Senate, affects every federal agency there is. Yet in the midst of a trillion-dollar omnibus law that reaches into every aspect of our government, there is controversy. And over what enormous issue might such controversy exist, you might ask?

Light bulbs.

As the Washington Post reports, House Republicans added a rider to the budget bill that prohibits the Department of Energy from spending any money to enforce a 2007 law relating to lightbulb efficiency. Without that funding, the DOE is effectively banned from enforcing the rules.

The rule in question takes old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs out of circulation in the country, by slowly phasing them out over time. In their place, manufacturers and distributors can sell LED, CFL, or higher-efficiency halogen-filled…

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