Beginning in January 2012, the 100-watt incandescent light bulb will no longer be legally produced in the United States.

The 3-year phase-out of the incandescent light bulb, beginning with the 100-watt bulb, comes as energy standards mandated in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 are implemented. It has infuriated conservatives who see the restriction as an infringement on their right to chose how they light their homes and businesses.

“Congress should not be picking winners and losers, allowing big corporate donors to dictate what consumer products we can and can’t buy!” the conservative Eagle Forum wrote in a recent action alert to supporters. “If we don’t take a stand to save our light bulbs, what will they go after next?”

The new incandescents, however, are more expensive than the traditional Edison bulb and while there are alternatives, people already are stocking up on 100-watt incandescents.

Howard Segermark, president of a government relations consulting company on Capitol Hill, explained to The Daily Caller that he has started to stock-pile incandescent 100-watt light bulbs due to the coming limits and incandescents’ current cost.

Myron Ebell, director of energy and global warming policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, told The Daily Caller that there remain avenues for Republicans to stop the phase-out, including attaching language to the payroll tax cut bill or an omnibus bill.

 

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