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The dim bulbs truly believe. But no, there’s no “ban” on incandescent heaters which generate some light as an afterthought.


Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): what’s the number of working bulbs in that chandelier? (July 11, 2011)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): we’re running out of light bulb puns (July 12, 2011)

You know, these right wingnuts had their recorded vote with HR 2417. Though the bill did fail, they can take it back to their teabagger constituencies as proof of their mutual insanity. Their posturing didn’t fail.

Burgess Amendment Keeps Light Bulb Law Repeal Alive

By Elizabeth McGowan at SolveClimate

Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:50pm EDT

….WASHINGTON-Opponents of a proposal to switch off energy-saving progress on lighting technology are still lauding House Republicans for soundly snubbing legislation they refer to as “dim BULB” legislation…

…To give it another chance at passing, Rep. Michael Burgess, another Texas Republican who also serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, floated a similarly worded amendment Wednesday.

Burgess’s amendment, which would limit efficiency standards for incandescent light bulbs, would be considered as part of the Energy and Water Development appropriations bill that the House is mulling over. It’s one of 12 appropriations bills designed to fund the entire federal government for the fiscal year beginning this October.

If approved, the amendment would bar the Department of Energy from enforcing lighting efficiency standards Congress enacted via an overarching 2007 energy law. It has little chance of surviving a Senate vote….

….”Barton’s bill is a foolish piece of legislation,” DiPeso said. “It’s a daffy solution in search of a non-existent problem. There is no ban and there never has been one. It’s the same quality of service, lower costs and more consumer choices than ever. What is not to like?”

The BULB Act, DiPeso said, was based on the false premise that the 2007 law establishing efficiency standards for general-service, screw-in light bulbs bans incandescent bulbs and forces consumers to purchase compact fluorescent lighting. Instead, that law phases out inefficient bulbs in favor of upgraded versions of incandescents, compact fluorescents and light-emitting diodes….

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But, no, they had to try again, and passed the same thing in an amendment by a voice vote.




….10:31 A.M. –

On agreeing to the Burgess amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

Vacating Proceedings – By unanimous consent, at 10:31 a.m., the request for a recorded on the Burgess amendment numbered 70 was vacated and the Chair put the question de novo. Subsequently, the amendment passed by voice vote….

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They really believe in this stuff.

So, how did Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r) and Rep. Todd Akin (r) vote? Were they even there? Sometimes it’s kind of hard to tell in the dark with these dim bulbs. They were there close to a half hour later for Roll Call 538 at 11:07 a.m.