In a magnificent gift to the freedom-loving American people, the Republican House majority has successfully negotiated a delay to the implementation of the ill-conceived ban on the legal sale of 100-watt incandescent light bulbs, which was to have gone into effect two weeks from Sunday, January 1, 2012. The new deadline for the ban is now September 30, 2012, just 38 days before the end of the Age of Obama, Deo volente.
This ban, part of a 2007 omnibus national energy and security bill —
which, as everyone duly notes, was signed into law by former President
George W. Bush — was about more than light bulbs. Far more.
It concerned the inside of every home in the United States of
America, from the frailest shack to the most opulent compound. It
became as much of a lightning rod as abortion. It touched the hearts and
minds of a free people who, unlike Cubans in 2005 and the cowed
population of the European Union in 2009, did not want their basic
liberty to light their homes to be by a bulb of the government’s
The fact that the most popular substitute for the traditional light bulb was (is! — it’s still for sale all over the land) filled with toxic mercury,
the grotesque “compact fluorescent” bulb of environmentalists’ dreams,
hardly helped the cause of its proponents, the all-too-familiar very
The one thing the environmental lobby underestimated, and
underestimated big time, was this basic fact: human life is part of the
environment. (Continues here)