Policy: Environment & Energy

Bipartisan Bush-signed, Obama-backed light-bulb law wins 'Dumbest New Ban in 2014'

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Beltway Confidential,Timothy P. Carney,Energy and Environment,Government Regulation,Light Bulbs

Reason TV's Nick Gillespie names the 2007 lightbulb law as the dumbest new ban to go into effect Jan. 1:

Before the incandescent bulbs go out for good, it’s worth shining a light on its cause: The ban was pushed by lightbulb-makers eager to upsell customers on longer-lasting and much more expensive halogen, compact fluorescent and LED lighting. When customers balked at paying more for home lighting, General Electric, Sylvania and Philips did what corporate behemoths always do: They turned to the government for regulation that rigs the market in their favor.

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