Watts Up With All These Regulations?

C'est Moi, Antoine...


Good morning breakfastpoppers. Today is Thursday, December 26, 2013. My friend, Antoine, is with me this morning. He is quite perplexed by the desire on the part of the government to get rid of all 40 and 60 watt incandescent bulbs. Let's see what is on Antoine's mind.

Bonjour mes amis. The government has decided that you must be stopped from purchasing 40 and 60 watt incandescent light bulbs. They have already gotten rid of 75 and 100 watt bulbs. The 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act required that bulbs must meet very strict energy efficient standards. The bulbs you have been using your entire life do not meet those standards. I humbly suggest that you run to the stores and grab every bulb you can lay your hands on. The new bulbs are here and they are going to cost you an arm and a leg!

Congress Has a Bright Idea!


Bush Did It!

Bush haters will be thrilled to know that the law prohibiting the bulbs was passed by both houses of Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush. Since that time Republicans have been trying to repeal the ban. So far they have been unsuccessful.

The moving force behind this law had precious little to do with the environment. Corporations in the bulb business saw this as a boon to their profit margin. If cheaper bulbs could be banned companies would be able to compete with bulbs that are significantly more expensive. Any attempt to paint this ban as a green initiative is a total farce. The joke is on the consumers. Buying new light bulbs suddenly will become an important item in the family budget.

The newer bulbs are compact fluorescents that contain mercury. Gone are the days when you could pop your spent lightbulb in the trash. Now you are probably going to have to call a Hazmat team to dispose of a burned out bulb. If the bulbs are not disposed of properly mercury will be released into the environment. Somehow the inherent danger in these bulbs escaped Congress and the environmentalists.

The next time you pass a landfill try not to breathe. Despite the ban on tossing these bulbs in the trash, you just know that the landfills are loaded with them. The dumps are filled with mercury. Apparently, your government is not alarmed by this. You, however, should be.

Energy Efficient?


The Next Best Thing?

Okay, let's say you prefer to use an LED bulb. Although these bulbs aren't as dangerous as the CFLs, they are quite costly. You may have to apply for a bank loan when your bulb needs to be replaced. A package of 6-60 watt LEDs sells for $77.82!

This is yet another stunning example of what happens when government over governs. None of this was necessary. The bulbs we were using were safe and cost effective. Keeping them was the common sense thing to do. But, then again, what does common sense have to do with the decisions Washington makes?

Antoine Stands Against Tyranny

Let's go children of the homeland

The day of reckoning has arrived

Against you tyranny's ugly flag is raised!


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Comments 36 comments

Old Poolman profile image

Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

Antoine - I am sure that someone was able to tie the use of incandescent bulbs to Global Warming. The fact that manufacturers will triple their profits was surely not even thought of when the ban on bulbs was dreamed up.

Land fills full of mercury will surely be something our children and grandchildren will have to deal with. This of course will be blamed on we citizens for not following the directions on the package for proper disposal. In my area, taking the burned out bulbs to a proper disposal facility would currently require a 240 mile round trip.

This ban will go far toward job creation. There will be a need for hundreds of "bulb cops" who will be checking our homes for illegal bulbs and improper disposal of the new bulbs. People will be fined or jailed for having illegal bulbs in their possession.

There will be "bulb dealers" lurking in alleys and on street corners selling illegal bulbs to customers. Huge shipments of illegal bulbs will be arriving in our country for selling on the black market.

I see a huge opportunity for those willing to risk life in prison for selling illegal light bulbs.

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Mike,

I may be one of those people in a dark alley trying to get a few bulbs. Actually, I am stocking up on the good old bulbs and I feel thrilled every time I score! What the hell is the government doing telling people what to manufacture! See you at the Inn. I'll bring you a few bulbs!

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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

The old bulbs will be a best seller at all of the flea markets around the country.

See you at the Inn but I will probably already be there when you arrive.

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Mike,

First I'll clean out the stores, then I'll head for a flea market. Save me a seat at the bar and one extra for all the bulbs!

taxlarry 2 years ago

It doesn't matter who is in power. There is always someone who will screw up everything. Antoine, see you at the inn. Stay off the floor.

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Tom Whitworth 2 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Pop and Antoine,

What a great country. I can now spend my Social Security (Government Income) on LED bulbs (Government mandate) that will be paid back in close to the time my Government sponsored 30 year mortgage is paid back (94 th birthday) as assured by the powerful combo of Medicare as modified by Obamacare (Government Health care).

I feel more like Alfred E. Newman (What me worry?) every day.

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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Every time government interferes in free enterprise, inexpensive and reliable products go out the window. CFL's fail far sooner than promised, and the light color is awful. LED's are far too expensive, and they too are unable to produce the soft warm glow of the old incandescent bulbs.

And of course, global warming stopped 16 years ago! In fact, we are now hearing rumors of a little ice age, so the whole thing is based on bungling, political lies, and hogwash.

Repealing the law may be too late, because the manufacturers of the old incandescent bulbs would have to retool. Blame Bush for this one.

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning taxlarry,

Thanks for the advice. I learned my lesson last time at the Inn. Someone stepped on me. I was in a cast for 6 weeks. See you later.

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Tom,

You commentary is so sad, funny and spot on that it could be a bumper sticker! See you at the Inn.

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning WillStarr,

The light these bulbs emit makes everyone and everything look ugly and strange. I may switch to candles. See you at the Inn. I'm bringing my stash of incandescents. I can't let them out of my sight!

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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States

I'm with Antoine. I don not like these new bulbs and people with lupus are not suppose to see under florescent lights anyway. I have been stocking up on some bulbs as I know the end is in sight. It is ridiculous to be forced to buy these expensive bulbs. I wonder who in the government has a bit more money in their pocket now.

There are just too many things to be ticked off about in our country anymore. You could write hubs around the clock and not list all the stupid new laws, rules, mistakes and so forth.

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Pamela,

Once again an idiotic and costly law was enacted without much thought. The new bulbs are dangerous and quite costly. Bulb manufacturers and "Green People" are celebrating. Everyone one else will be paying a high price in terms of actual money and health. This isn't about energy. It's about money and power. See you at the Inn. Right now I am going shopping for those safe old bulbs.

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Angela Blair 2 years ago from Central Texas

If we're gonna have to use these things I wish they'd been bright enough to see something -- they don't light up anything enough for me! Good one, Poppy! Happy New Year! Best/Sis

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Angela,

Let's just say that they stink!!!! See you at the Inn. The lighting is still good in there. Happy New Year

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The Frog Prince 2 years ago from Arlington, TX

It really doens't matter who "did it." The whole thing sucks.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Frog Prince,

I agree, of course. See you at the Inn.

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carol7777 2 years ago from Arizona

What is next? every day a new regulation...pretty scary stuff...It is good to see you here on hub.. Even though I no longer write here I try to catch all your hubs...I will see you at the Inn...Order me peach vodka on the rocks..I feel so peachy.

Hxprof 2 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

Yeah, the whole thing is just silly. If this were an environmentally motivated regulation, it would be deemed a failure - setting more mercury loose in landfills where it can potentially leach into the aquifer runs square against the environmentalists' ongoing attempt to put coal mining out of business.

Some CEOs convinced Bush that this would make money for their companies while giving him some good PR in the global warming crowd. Bush was also convinced by CEOs to not secure the borders....illegal immigration is lining their pockets. Meanwhile we're being infiltrated by those who mean harm. Lovely!

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear carol7777,

Your peach vodka awaits your arrival. Each vodka has a light bulb attached! Now that's great news...

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Hyprox,

You have summed up our mess perfectly. Bad decisions were made which were not in the favor of the voters who put these fools in power. I think we need to rethink things... I am at the Inn awaiting your arrival.

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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

Hope you had a beautiful Christmas BPop. Did you receive any of the old light bulb's under your Christmas tree? This light bulb situation really annoys me. What were they thinking??? See you at the Inn my friend.

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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

If we live long enough we will be able to tell our great grandchildren stories about the old style bulbs we used. They of course will be as interested in this as we were about our grandparents oil lamps.

Pino Krisio 2 years ago

POP: Sorry I am so late, but I had to work all day. I tried these bulbs a few years ago and I hate them. they take forever to brighten up, and I could not stand the dim lighting for so long. They don't last long, either.

this is a win-win for the manufacturers. I guess this is the only issue where we can actually blame Bush! That's OK with me. I will be on a hunting trip from now until Dec. 31st, looking for the bulbs I love. I never thought I would be spending the last days of 2013 searching for light bulbs? This year sucked anyway, so why not start off 2014 in a "brighter" light. I'm off to the bar. Save me a seat....

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Minnetonka Twin,

Actually, I am hunting bulbs tomorrow! As to your question, "what were they thinking?", let me say that they are not equipped for thinking. I hear it requires a brain! See you at the Inn.

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Old Poolman,

By then only the elite will have bulbs. Everyone else will be gathered around the trash can that is aglow with the flames of burned trash! See you at the Inn.

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Pino,

I too will be hunting for as many bulbs as I can get my hands on. Will these Washington fools ever stop tinkering with our lives and ruining everything? No need to answer. I already know they won't be able to. See you at the Inn. At least the lighting is good there.

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FitnezzJim 2 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Somebody should make a list of laws passed before their consequences were understood, and a separate list of laws passed before they were read. Then compare both sets of laws to what they looked like a year later. The result might be offered as fairly strong factual evidence that Congress no longer serves as a law-making institution, despite having that responsibility. That power now sits with the bureaucracy.

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning FitnezzJim,

With this administration it seems as if the Executive branch has usurped the powers and responsibilities of the Legislative branch. Shame on everyone in Washington for behaving like irresponsible fools. We get to pay the price for their incompetence. Do they even read laws anymore? See you at the Inn!

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savvydating 2 years ago

Thank you for reminding me, Antoine, to go out and buy plenty of those perfectly good, regular light bulbs. I saw a PBS show on this, and a science guy said he has already bought a lifetime supply of regular bulbs because the LED's are unnecessary and dangerous. "What if they shatter and you step on them," he said. One word: "Toxic."

I will share this information with everyone I know... and again, I appreciate the important reminder.

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear savvydating,

If they shatter we are in big trouble. Regardless of being prohibited from disposing of them in the usual manner, people will just toss them out and the toxins will be in the air. It's too late to reverse this dangerous provision, because the manufacturing plants that produce the incandescents have been shut down. That seems to be the case with every mistake that's been made over the years. See you at the Inn, but first I am going shopping for bulbs!

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drbj 2 years ago from south Florida

Hi, bp. Why am I not surprised at anything our inane government does? It's the old story of passing laws and then reading them afterward to see what is inside.

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear drbj,

Go get those bulbs!!! I am at the Inn awaiting your arrival.

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teaches12345 2 years ago

I may have read this too late, my husband loves the bulbs and now may have to go without them. Anyways, with the way our economy is going we may be using plain old candles to light out homes very soon.

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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States

I have been buying bulbs when I find them as I do not like the new bulbs. Of course, the government is at fault again. The new bulbs turn on more slowing with a odd color of lighting; at least they don't seem as bright. Then, if you break one you have mercury to contend with. I agree it is bound to be more profitable for the bulb producing companies as well. Very disgusting!

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning teaches,

The new bulbs are awful and dangerous. Well, I guess we shouldn't be surprised. This government is excellent at taking something that works and making it obsolete! See you at the Inn. They have the old bulbs there so we should be able to see each other!

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Pamela,

The odd light you are seeing is exactly what you are supposed to be seeing. I can't believe they took away bulbs that work and are safe for bulbs filled with mercury that are dangerous to dispose of. See you at the Inn.

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