President Biden has frequently been referred to as “the lights are on, but there is nobody home.” The American people may be assured that those lights are going to be LEDs as of this week when his administration’s ban against incandescent bulbs takes effect.
In order to ostensibly battle climate change and also save money for the American people, Biden’s Dept. of Energy enacted a new “cost-saving” and energy efficiency regulation back in April 2022. Thomas Edison-style light bulbs cannot be sold in any state in America after this week, August 1. They won’t be produced by businesses. The administration argues that since no current bulbs are being seized, there is no actual prohibition. Instead, they contend, Biden and his team are assisting you by interfering in your everyday decision-making.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm stated last year that “by boosting the energy efficiency guidelines for light bulbs, we are reinvesting $3 billion in the hands of American consumers on an annual basis and significantly decreasing domestic carbon emissions.”
Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) summed out the paternalizing nature of all this last week.
Fitzpatrick remarked at a hearing, “I’m glad that the Dept. of Energy is out here trying to ensure that we are all able to save money since we’re too dumb to figure out the best way to do it ourselves.”
This new regulation will ultimately limit consumer choice in the market.
Your government believes it knows more than you, regardless of whether you think similarly to this author, who prefers incandescent light bulbs over LEDs since they tend to cause fewer headaches (at least based on his own experience).
Additionally, they inform us that this is about becoming “energy efficient.” It’s for a brighter future and the environment.
In April 2022, Granholm stated that “the lighting sector was already adopting more energy-efficient goods. This legislation will accelerate progress in delivering the best products for American consumers and build a brighter and better future,” she added.
So how precisely will this new law benefit the environment?
The Energy Department stated in a news statement that the regulations “are expected to decrease carbon emissions by 222 million metric tons during the course of the next thirty years, equivalent to the amount of emissions produced by 28 million homes in a single year.”
To put things in perspective, China produced 11.47 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions in 2021, and they have no plans to reduce those emissions in the near future. But not to worry, according to Biden and his ilk, these “bans” against incandescent light bulbs would benefit the environment.