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01:30 PM on 11/04/2011
LEDs are great and the price is coming down.
01:28 PM on 11/04/2011
Forget CFL's for your home, reasonably priced LED's are available today. They offer as good if not better light than an incandescent or CFL, have zero 'flicker' are dim-able and use about 8% of the power.
01:04 PM on 11/04/2011
China seems to be moving forward on climate change initiatives. They have a long way to go but they seem to be putting policies in place to move forward. They are also providing incentives for electric cars and wind and solar energy. They have move from being a small player in wind and solar to being one of the leaders. China want to lead the world and provide the industries, jobs and products that the world will need in the future.

It seems that many in America are looking backward to the 1950 instead of looking forward to 2050. The Republican party is out of touch with the change in technology and science. They seem to only be interested in the industries of the past and the big campaign donations that they can provide. It is time to get corporate money out of politics.
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Daniel Zook
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01:42 PM on 11/04/2011
China has been at this for a while now. Around the time that Obama was elected into office, China was already underway in taking a risk building more nuclear power plants in hopes to lower their carbon footprint. It doesn't sound like it makes sense, but what they are trying to do is lower their pollutants as much and as effectively as possible. Even though nuclear energy is a bit risky, it is a lot cleaner when it comes to air pollution than fossil fuels or coal etc. So China took a step forward to lower their emissions and start relying more on nuclear energy until a more effective green energy plan becomes reality. Truth is, even for those who are against nuclear energy (including myself); their green energy policy is far ahead of us and I am actually glad to see someone adress the real threat of climate change.
03:21 PM on 11/04/2011
china still builds a coal plant every week.
12:56 PM on 11/04/2011
If humans survive in 50 years, the remaining few will look back at how we wasted energy and wonder why we didn't conserve when we knew fossil fuels were finite and dirty.

Do humans living today have the right to use energy and pollute our planet while leaving nothing for future generations? Oh, I forgot. Today's humans are 'special'. Their parents told them so.
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04:32 PM on 11/04/2011
Haw!! There's too many people on this planet. If we didn't have so many people this wouldn't even be a topic.

Humans, like locusts, will devour everything in sight until it's gone. We are crippled by our refusal to see the obvious.
04:51 PM on 11/04/2011
Do you donate to Planned Parenthood? That would be a good first step. Fewer babies = healthier planet, right?
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All Seeing Guy
Center of the storm
05:48 PM on 11/04/2011
I'm not gonna take any lip from some future generation that's grossly overpopulating the planet.
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Cris Bessette
12:38 PM on 11/04/2011
I hope somebody in Washington realizes that people often use light bulbs for the "waste heat" they produce. My Lava lamp will not work without the heat.

I guess we could all replace our 60w "heaters" for well houses, basement pipes, doghouses, etc. with standard 1500w space heaters...
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01:13 PM on 11/04/2011
It is likely that the category of "heat lamps" will still exist. In any case, the Easy Bake Oven makers figured it out.
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foodcoma
01:45 PM on 11/04/2011
Really? Your concern for you lava lamp trumps the savings in energy consumption and the environmental impact? Dude, you've been hitting too many trees.
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Cris Bessette
02:05 PM on 11/04/2011
I'm just saying that there are uses for incandescent lamps that cannot be currently filled by any of the other options. These heat uses for lamps is a miniscule sliver of the total of power used. Put a small tax on them to discourage people from using them for general use.
Hitting too many trees? Ha, I wish, another useful thing the govt has outlawed...
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mbkeefer
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04:55 PM on 11/04/2011
Have to agree with Cris. If you want to discourage the general use of a product put a tax on it. Allow the niche market to remain and make some money off it. They had better stock up on incandesce­nt bulbs for outside use in the high Arctic and in the Antarctic CFL bulbs will not work when it gets really cold.
satyrday
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12:29 PM on 11/04/2011
In America, there's no 'ban' of the incandescent bulb.

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (signed by Bush), just requires more efficiency from any bulb. Incandescents can do that, but then they become very expensive.
03:23 PM on 11/04/2011
if no ban then how come i cant buy then
satyrday
If my micro-bio is way too long, will it be trunca
03:30 PM on 11/04/2011
Duh, they don't meet the new efficiency standards.
01:29 AM on 11/06/2011
do you like mercery cfl are full of it. light bulbs are only 6% of my power bill. a dryer use the same power as 54 100 watt bulbs. what next no dryer. a water heater use 45 100 watt light bulbs. what next no hot water. a central ac 30 to 70 100 watt bulbs. what next no ac do you like the fed runing your life. it you can learn math you will there is no power savings. get the fed out of my life
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12:17 PM on 11/04/2011
puts the recent republican nonsense regarding freedom and light bulbs in it's proper perspective
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11:56 AM on 11/04/2011
I just hope they offer a compatible dimmer technology for CFLs.
01:26 PM on 11/04/2011
Great LED lighting is now available at major home improvement stores... dim-able better light that an incandescent or CFL and will last forever... about 10 bucks each right now.
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01:46 PM on 11/04/2011
Great to hear! Thanks for the tip.
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04:37 PM on 11/04/2011
Often at twice, to three times the cost. There are many types of these kinds of bulb. One bulb that I need for my kitchen light has an LED replacement that costs 24 dollars apiece. But they last a lot longer. However it will cost me 125 dollars to replace them all.

Something else not addressed is the fact that some fixtures will only take a certain type of bulb. So people will have to replace the fixtures as well. And that will cost a lot of money.
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alvdh1
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11:40 AM on 11/06/2011
Pass go and go straight to jail for even considering CFL's over LED's with a motto of Save The Planet.
11:42 AM on 11/04/2011
Much more profits for China-made CFLs and LEDs that way...

About the industrial politics behind the USA ban, with copies of
documentat­ion and references http://ceo­las.net/#l­i1ax
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11:41 AM on 11/04/2011
Much more profits for China-made CFLs and LEDs that way...

About the industrial politics behind the USA ban, with copies of
documentation and references http://ceolas.net/#li1ax

Regulation information links, and updates on repeal ban bills in 7 US
states (legislated Texas) http://freedomlightbulb.blogspot.com
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mary896
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11:36 AM on 11/04/2011
China is the new America. They are progressive. We are now regressive. Great job Raygunomics.
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kimbanyc
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12:16 PM on 11/04/2011
fanned from nyc
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ruthtruth
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10:31 AM on 11/04/2011
Oh no don't tell Michele Bachmann or she will make up spme BS about China too.
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Acebass
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10:29 AM on 11/04/2011
Incredible. China leads the way again. Of course when we try and do something similar the TeaBaggers wont stand for government telling them what to do.

You know, those people are laughing at us don't you? They own us!
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HanMeiRen
Guilty by association
11:12 AM on 11/04/2011
I have no argument with your general sentiment. But in this case:

"China will ban imports and sales of 100-watt-and-higher incandescent bulbs from Oct. 1, 2012..."

"The United States will ban the making and sale of incandescent light bulbs beginning in 2012. "
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Acebass
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12:18 PM on 11/04/2011
There's no ban on the bulb that I'm aware of. The Energy Independence and Security Act only set standards for their manufacture. Are you familiar with any recent legislation?
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Acebass
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12:25 PM on 11/04/2011
actually I did find something on it. "Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) has announced that he plans to introduce legislation to reverse the ban on incandescent light bulbs which is scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2014. The ban was included in a comprehensive energy bill that President George W. Bush signed into law in 2007 as an amendment, and was intended as a means of saving energy and limiting pollution." http://thenewamerican.com/index.php/tech-mainmenu-30/environment/6392-republicans-seek-repeal-of-incandescent-bulb-ban

I didn't know it included a ban but I'm not opposed to one. btw according to the article we ban them in 2014...