Some Texas lawmakers say light bulb bill is bright idea

Some Texas lawmakers say light bulb bill is bright idea

Texas could soon be in a position to turn the lights off on a federal plan to phase out certain light bulbs.

State lawmakers have passed a bill that allows Texans to skirt federal efforts to promote more efficient light bulbs, which ultimately pushes the swirled, compact fluorescent bulbs over the 100-watt incandescent bulbs many grew up with.

The measure, sent to Gov. Rick Perry for consideration, lets any incandescent light bulb manufactured in Texas — and sold in this state — avoid the authority of the federal government or the repeal of the 2007 energy independence act that starts phasing out some incandescent light bulbs next year.

“Let there be light,” state Rep. George Lavender, R-Texarkana, wrote on Facebook after the bill passed. “It will allow the continued manufacture and sale of incandescent light bulbs in Texas, even after the federal ban goes into effect. … It’s a good day for Texas.”

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Some Texas lawmakers say light bulb bill is bright idea

How hard can it be to understand? The federal government needs to keep their grubby fingers OUT of our lives.

For some, (The EPA) apparently it’s a concept foreign to their beliefs.

If you want to see a bunch of angry Democrats just go to the original story and read the comments. It seems that, according to them, the GOP and Conservatives are responsible for everything that has gone wrong since time immemorial.

Not everyone agrees.

The Natural Resources Defense Council, a New York-based environmental group, is calling on Perry to veto the bill.

“The Texas legislation is designed to showcase the state’s independence,” said Bob Keefe, senior press secretary with the council. “But what it really shows off is how some politicians in the Lone Star State will do anything to score political points — even if it means echoing misinformation and wasting time and money passing legislation that can’t practically be implemented and isn’t in the best interest of constituents.”

Perry has until Sunday to veto bills, sign them into law or let them become law without his signature.

Somehow, I think Gov. Perry will sign this, or, let it go through without his signature. The people of Texas are an independent bunch, and we hate being told what to do.

A lot of folks try to run our lives, PETA doesn’t want us to eat meat, the *greenies* don’t want us to use incandescent lighting, mow the grass, drive a car or, apparently, breathe if all of their carbon monoxide BS is to be believed.

The government wants to dictate every aspect of our lives. The environmentalist nut jobs are right there with them, dictating everything we can and can’t do.

Don’t eat this, don’t drink that, don’t wear those clothes, don’t smoke tobacco, use this type of lighting only, keep your weight down, drive a Prius, guns are BAD, have protected sex only, get plenty of sleep and send in those donations to the candidates that will become the dictators America needs to stay on the path to full blown Socialism.

Well, it’s not their business if I shoot guns, drive a 1-Ton Chevy Dually, drink beer, eat pasta or have sex with a fat woman and smoke a big cigar when I’m done. It’s MY life, not theirs, and even though I don’t do most of those things, it’s MY business if I do!

OK, I’ll admit, the swirled, compact fluorescent bulbs do put out less heat, that IS a plus, even to a knuckle dragging Neanderthal like me, but what about the dangers these bulbs present?

“Telling Texans what types of light bulbs they can manufacture, sell, purchase and use is not the proper role of the federal government,” said Janise Cookston, a spokeswoman for the Wharton-based nonprofit group “We Texans,” which works to protect “private property, personal and economic liberty” as well as constitutional government.

“This bill sends the message to Washington that Texas will no longer sit idly by and take unconstitutional intrusion into our lives.”

Some say they worry about fluorescent bulbs because they contain mercury, a toxic metal linked to birth defects and behavioral disorders. Estimates show the average bulb has 4 to 5 milligrams of mercury, enough to cover the tip of a ballpoint pin. No mercury is emitted while the bulbs are in use, but vapors can escape if a bulb breaks.

Supporters also say fluorescent bulbs can cost more than $3 each; incandescent bulbs can cost as little as 35 cents each.

That mercury thing, it bothers me, a lot. Suppose a bulb breaks? Suppose I drop one? It can happen you know.

Here’s what the EPA recommends we do in case of bulb breakage:

Before Cleanup

• Have people and pets leave the room, and avoid the breakage area on the way out.

• Open a window or door to the outdoors and leave the room for 5-10 minutes.

• Shut off the central forced-air heating/air conditioning (H&AC) system, if you have one.

• Collect materials you will need to clean up the broken bulb:
   o Stiff paper or cardboard
   o Sticky tape (e.g., duct tape)
   o Damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes (for hard surfaces)
   o Glass jar with a metal lid (such as a canning jar) or a sealable plastic bag(s)

Cleanup Steps for Hard Surfaces

• Carefully scoop up glass fragments and powder using stiff paper or cardboard and place debris and paper/cardboard in a glass jar with a metal lid. If a glass jar is not available, use a sealable plastic bag. (NOTE: Since a plastic bag will not prevent the mercury vapor from escaping, remove the plastic bag(s) from the home after cleanup.)

• Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder. Place the used tape in the glass jar or plastic bag.

• Wipe the area clean with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes. Place the towels in the glass jar or plastic bag.

• Vacuuming of hard surfaces during cleanup is not recommended unless broken glass remains after all other cleanup steps have been taken. [NOTE: It is possible that vacuuming could spread mercury-containing powder or mercury vapor, although available information on this problem is limited.] If vacuuming is needed to ensure removal of all broken glass, keep the following tips in mind:
   o Keep a window or door to the outdoors open;
   o Vacuum the area where the bulb was broken using the vacuum hose, if available; and
   o Remove the vacuum bag (or empty and wipe the canister) and seal the bag/vacuum debris, and any materials used to clean the vacuum, in a plastic bag.

• Promptly place all bulb debris and cleanup materials, including vacuum cleaner bags, outdoors in a trash container or protected area until materials can be disposed of properly.
   o Check with your local or state government about disposal requirements in your area. Some states and communities require fluorescent bulbs (broken or unbroken) be taken to a local recycling center.

• Wash your hands with soap and water after disposing of the jars or plastic bags containing bulb debris and cleanup materials.

• Continue to air out the room where the bulb was broken and leave the H&AC system shut off, as practical, for several hours.

Cleanup Steps for Carpeting or Rugs

• Carefully scoop up glass fragments and powder using stiff paper or cardboard and place debris and paper/cardboard in a glass jar with a metal lid. If a glass jar is not available, use a sealable plastic bag. (NOTE: Since a plastic bag will not prevent the mercury vapor from escaping, remove the plastic bag(s) from the home after cleanup.)

• Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder. Place the used tape in the glass jar or plastic bag.

• Vacuuming of carpeting or rugs during cleanup is not recommended unless broken glass remains after all other cleanup steps have been taken. [NOTE: It is possible that vacuuming could spread mercury-containing powder or mercury vapor, although available information on this problem is limited.] If vacuuming is needed to ensure removal of all broken glass, keep the following tips in mind:
   o Keep a window or door to the outdoors open;
   o Vacuum the area where the bulb was broken using the vacuum hose, if available, and
   o Remove the vacuum bag (or empty and wipe the canister) and seal the bag/vacuum debris, and any materials used to clean the vacuum, in a plastic bag.

• Promptly place all bulb debris and cleanup materials, including vacuum cleaner bags, outdoors in a trash container or protected area until materials can be disposed of properly.
   o Check with your local or state government about disposal requirements in your area. Some states and communities require fluorescent bulbs (broken or unbroken) be taken to a local recycling center.

• Wash your hands with soap and water after disposing of the jars or plastic bags containing bulb debris and cleanup materials.

• Continue to air out the room where the bulb was broken and leave the H&AC system shut off, as practical, for several hours.
Future Cleaning of Carpeting or Rugs: Air Out the Room During and After Vacuuming

• The next several times you vacuum the rug or carpet, shut off the H&AC system if you have one, close the doors to other rooms, and open a window or door to the outside before vacuuming. Change the vacuum bag after each use in this area.

• After vacuuming is completed, keep the H&AC system shut off and the window or door to the outside open, as practical, for several hours.

Actions You Can Take to Prevent Broken Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Fluorescent bulbs are made of glass and can break if dropped or roughly handled. To avoid breaking a bulb, follow these general practices:

• Always switch off and allow a working CFL bulb to cool before handling.

• Always handle CFL bulbs carefully to avoid breakage.
   o If possible, screw/unscrew the CFL by holding the plastic or ceramic base, not the glass tubing.
   o Gently screw in the CFL until snug. Do not over-tighten.
   o Never forcefully twist the glass tubing.

• Consider not using CFLs in lamps that can be easily knocked over, in unprotected light fixtures, or in lamps that are incompatible with the spiral or folded shape of many CFLs.

• Do not use CFL bulbs in locations where they can easily be broken, such as play spaces.

• Use CFL bulbs that have a glass or plastic cover over the spiral or folded glass tube, if available. These types of bulbs look more like incandescent bulbs and may be more durable if dropped.

• Consider using a drop cloth (e.g., plastic sheet or beach towel) when changing a fluorescent light bulb in case a breakage should occur. The drop cloth will help prevent mercury contamination of nearby surfaces and can be bundled with the bulb debris for disposal.

Yeah, that sounds simple enough…all for a broken light bulb. 😕

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14 Responses to Some Texas lawmakers say light bulb bill is bright idea

  1. Texasperated says:

    The whole idea behind CFLs is that they are more energy efficient. That is likely true, but it takes away my choice. Why is it that the constitution protects someone’s right to kill their baby (at least the SCOTUS claims it does), but does not protect my right to use whatever lightbulbs I want? FWIW, I’m pro-choice when it comes to lamps. If you want to use CFLs go right ahead.

    This is clearly an attempt to reduce our “carbon footprint.” Well, I say, how about big government gets its carbon footprint off our Texas necks.

    Keep your powder dry, it’s almost time to lock and load.

  2. minuteman26 says:

    Federal lightbulb bill is another follow the money deal. Who benefits by it? Why GE does. No matter that the mercury laden bulbs are hazardous to all living things if broken. The bill has no rationale, was concieved by idiots for political and monetary gain. RICK sign the Texas bill!

  3. Bluebonnet Sue says:

    In case you break an incandescent light bulb: Keep children and pets away from breakage. Get a broom and dustpan. Carefully sweep the remains into the dustpan then deposit them in the trash. If there are slivers left behind, wet a paper towel and carefully blot them up being careful not to cut your finger. You’re done! BTW…during the process you can still breathe normally without using a mask and … if you want to … you can wash your hands when you are finished but it’s not imperative. :-)

    Fred, thanks for an excellent article. I’m sending it to all my family and friends along with contact information for Gov. Perry. I’m hoping all of them will contact his office urging him not to sign the bill. If I can’t find incandescent bulbs made in the USA, I buy those from Mexico and China. :-(

  4. Charley says:

    Our house in TN came with recessed lighting which requires a certain type of bulb. They all have dimmers. Dimmers don’t work with CFLs. I’m working on getting my stash of these up to around 200 by the end of the year. This not to mention my growing stash of three-way reading lamps, 60s, 40s, and 100s.

    There was no consideration in this stupid bill for specialty bulbs, ie: the type for stove hoods, chandeliers, bathroom vanity bars, or any other type with a smaller socket.

    Once I broke one in a motel. I just threw it in the wastebasket, rather than have them call in the hazmat team. It didn’t even kill me once:)

  5. Rich Timm says:

    I don’t think this is really about light bulbs…

    It’s about state sovereignty. If DC does not crack the whip (so to speak), then it would crack the door for many other issues. Say like, Montana and their law that exempts them from FFL’s if the gun is Mfg’d & sold w/ in the state. This would be a prime time for this type of legislation to hit the table.

    Also with Perry looking at a possible POTUS run, I can’t see him not signing the bill as this would bolster his standing with a variety of groups.

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  7. Bob Mack says:

    As Rick Moran wrote in The American Thinker, “I value my eyesight and don’t plan to read by a light that gives off the equivalent wattage of what my great grandfather had to put up with–whale oil.”

    I updated my post about the S. Carolina bill South Carolina Sees The Light and linked to yours. These petty federal tyrannosaurs have no damn business telling free citizens what the hell we must buy.

  8. Bob Mack says:

    Before Obama’s finished, the black market might be larger than the stock market.

  9. TexasFred says:

    Bob — You said Obama and *black market* all in one sentence… 😈

  10. BobF says:

    Speaking of environmentalist nut jobs. Check out how this one from the NY Times lives while he calls for everyone else to do with less.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/06/169911/

  11. tonydowning says:

    Another government intervention into the free market economy is what these new lightbulbs are about.

    As the government decides cluelessly what is and is not for sale, they eliminate the engine of national wealth, which is competition among the sellers.

    The deadpan comedy of the clean-up routines is simply amazing, and Orwellian.

  12. Think the obamabots will raise the same sort of stink over this as they did about Montana’s guns built in Montana thing..?

    It’s precisely the same issue…

  13. Steve Dennis says:

    This is another example of the federal government stepping in and regulating something they have no business regulating and it has to stop. I love the fact that Texas is taking a stand and I hope that other states will follow–on this and many other of the issues the federal government is reaching into.

  14. To be even more crude with regard to what the federal government advocates, it advocates butt sex. Conventional vaginal sex with consenting adult partners, married, between one man and one woman = HORRIBLE.

    Isn’t it odd how, per Leftists and — extension — the federal government, Leftist positions moved in these stages:

    1. Tolerance
    2. Acceptance
    3. Advocacy

    Now the nation is in Stage 3. If you are NOT an actual outspoken ADVOCATE of politically-correct views including a stupid set of light bulbs more hazardous and more numerous than ANYTHING in this nation and the planet, then you are clearly an environment-killer, baby-killer and just plain BAD.

    As with my comment on Perry and commercial flights: start making incandescent lights in Texas and step around the mandate. Then tell the fed regarding those bulbs: molon labe

    BZ

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