House turns out lights on Barton's bulb bill
The Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act, sponsored by Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), failed on a 233-193 vote, with a two-thirds majority needed for passage.
The vote fell mostly along party lines, but five Democrats voted in favor of the bill and 10 Republicans voted against the bill. One Republican voted "present."
The bill would have repealed provisions in a 2007 energy law requiring that traditional incandescent light bulbs be 30 percent more energy-efficient starting in 2012.
Heaven forbid we should have the freedom to choose the light bulb we think is best for a particular application. Americans are way too stupid to weigh the choices themselves and make a rationale decision; at least according to the democrats.
“We are taking away a choice that continues to let people waste their own money,” Energy Secretary Chu said.
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