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July 12, 2011

Light Bulbs Win This Round

Lightbulb--reshaped Efforts led by Rep. Joe Barton (the guy who apologized to BP after the oil giant's Gulf disaster) to reverse light-bulb efficiency burned out late today in the House of Representatives. Named the Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act, the legislation resulted in a 233-193 vote, short of the two-thirds required for passage. The bill would've reversed new standards set in a 2007 law signed by bleeding-heart liberal (not) President George W. Bush.

Estimates say provisions in the bi-partisan 2007 standards -- nearly 100 GOPers voted for it -- will save families $100 a year and $12 billion nationally. Barton's (not so) bright idea would've thrown all this in the scrapheap. And it would've kept states from adopting their own efficiency standards.

Will this victory for light-bulb progress end the politicizing of this non-issue and turn the attention of our elected leaders toward more important matters? "Conservative groups say they will continue to fight the light bulb law," reports The Hill.

-- Brian Foley

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