State lawmakers have passed a bill that allows Texans to skirt federal efforts to promote more efficient light bulbs, which ultimately pushes the swirled, compact fluorescent bulbs over the 100-watt incandescent bulbs many grew up with.
The measure, sent to Gov. Rick Perry for consideration, lets any incandescent light bulb manufactured in Texas – and sold in that state – avoid the authority of the federal government or the repeal of the 2007 energy independence act that starts phasing out some incandescent light bulbs next year.
“Let there be light,” state Rep. George Lavender, R-Texarkana, wrote on Facebook after the bill passed. “It will allow the continued manufacture and sale of incandescent light bulbs in Texas, even after the federal ban goes into effect. … It’s a good day for Texas.”
So this is how it’s done, right? Since the sole remaining incandescent bulb factory closed last fall, will an enterprising upstart create manufacturing jobs in Texas to allow customers to choose? Will American-made incandescents win back consumers? Will black market bulb runners use existing drug networks to smuggle incandescents to the other 49? Will the disgraced ATF be in charge of lightbulb networks since they shouldn’t be allowed near weapons?
I’m willing to run the border for bulbs, how ’bout you?