The Tatler has learned that a new effort to repeal the incandescent light bulb ban will kick off this week. Grass roots group Freedom Action will launch the repeal campaign at a presser in DC tomorrow. The effort’s centerpiece is a petition at FreeOurLight.org that they intend to present to Congress, urging them to vote for a repeal of the 2007 law that begins banning incandescent light bulbs in 2012.
“The light bulb ban is an outrageous government limitation on consumer choice and intrusion into the home of every American,” said Myron Ebell, Director of Freedom Action.
“There is overwhelming public support that spans the political spectrum for repealing the ban on incandescent light bulbs,” Ebell continued. “Freedom Action will marshal that support and focus it on Members of Congress. We are confident that Congress will repeal the ban this year after hearing from millions of constituents.”
There are a few repeals bills already at play, including HR 91 sponsored by Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX). Bottom line: The incandscent bulb ban needs to be repealed. The bulbs may use slightly more power than the CFL bulbs that the ban mandates to replace them, but at the cost of mandating bulbs that contain hazmats and demand very special handling and disposal.