Tuesday, May 17, 2011
turn the light down low
Today: Sunny, with a high near 68. Calm wind becoming northeast between 5 and 10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. East wind around 5 mph.
Our government has been slipping laws under the door while we were napping. In 2007 congress passed a law about your light bulb Beginning in 2012 you will no longer be able to buy 100 Watt bulbs and by 2014 the 40 and 60 Watt bulbs will be phased out also. They are to be replaced with a twisty fancy bulb with a cost of 50 dollars each.
A 2007 bill, passed overwhelmingly by both houses of Congress and signed into law by George W. Bush, will make the familiar incandescent bulb subject to strict efficiency standards next year.
The effect will be to make current 100-watt bulbs obsolete — and that has sent conservative lawmakers, libertarians, some environmental activists and owners of Easy-Bake Ovens into a frenzy of activity to get the law repealed or, at least, to stockpile the bulbs before they disappear from store shelves.
I remember the good old days when I worried about how to get the money to pay the light bill soon I will worry about how to get the money to buy the bulb to make the light.
I have a kerosene Lamp that may soon be put to use.