Saturday, February 24, 2007

Save Us From the Nanny State

As I posted here recently, a California legislator wants to ban traditional incandescent light bulbs, forcing everyone in the state to buy only "energy-efficient" fluorescent bulbs.

The L.A. Times reports today that the director of the University of California Energy Institute in Berkeley says that the fluorescent bulbs "don't work as well as incandescent bulbs with recessed lighting fixtures, spotlights and ultra-low dimming switches."

My home is filled with recessed lighting and dimmer switches.

I have visions of Californians having to order incandescent bulbs from out of state, or a black market developing of "real" light bulbs...

Why don't people like this legislator realize that if the fluorescent bulbs really are as great and cost-effective as he believes, the market will work and people will be happy to buy them without being forced to do it by the Nanny State?


Blogger Irene said...

Reminds me of the low flush toilet mandate of 1992 by the Energy Department. Dave Barry wrote some humorous articles on that subject :)

8:38 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

I guess we are going to have to smuggle some in for you, Laura...


4:48 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

You may be hearing from me if this bill passes, LOL! --Laura :)

10:21 AM  

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