Texas Sets Out To Avoid Light Bulb Ban
    By Hank Campbell | June 20th 2011 06:25 PM | 3 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
    Hate compact fluorescent bulbs?   Outside lobbyists for billion-dollar bulb companies and Treehugger, we can't find anyone who likes the things.   Heck, as long as the government bans alternatives, their ad campaign could be "Want a fragile box of toxic mercury in your child's bedroom?  Buy our CFLs!" and people would still dutifully buy them if someone slapped "green" on the label.

    But Texas, being the independent sort of state Texas is - essentially the anti-California - is challenging the law by reaffirming that the federal government can only really regulate interstate commerce.    They contend any incandescent light bulb manufactured in Texas and sold there avoids the authority of the federal government and the repeal of the 2007 energy independence act that starts phasing out incandescent light bulbs next year.

    Will the fed send in armed troops to insure CFL bulbs get bought?  No, if they are letting California sell marijuana in defiance of federal law they can't really complain about Texas.  Though Texas does tend to vote Republican, so maybe...


    Agree that banning bulbs (that themselves don't burn coal or release any CO2 gas)
    is hardly a serious energy policy

    Fox news, that you link to, is way behind the curve though...
    the bill was signed June 17th, and it was known that the bill would be signed even ahead of that: freedomlightbulb.blogspot.com
    Updates on all current US State repeal ban bills http://ceolas.net/#li01inx

    Yeah, I see it when I see it and I get a lot of links sent to me and have a big newsfeed list so I may not always be current.

    I was interested because in its agreement to join the Union, Texas is the only state who got an 'out' clause, allowing them to secede at any time.   Would they do it over light bulbs?   No, but I like that they are taking a stand.   
    Thanks Hank,
    yes Fox keeps updating the same news to get a top billing in Google or whatever...
    More on Texas bill,

    More particularly on Federal v Local issues,
    with the recent Virginia bulb bill, comparing with Texas and Arizona (and California) laws
    . Missouri just launched a bill too... maybe others.