Hip, hip, hooray! The ban on incandescent light bulbs has been lifted – for the U.S. as a whole that is. California still has its own incandescent ban in place for now. Some savvy representatives inserted language removing the ban in a year-end appropriations bill. The usual suspects kicked and screamed about this, of course, fearing the American citizen’s ability to make even the miniscule decision of purchasing a light bulb.
I would say that this is a victory for common sense. But it’s a slim victory at that, if more than two people still think this was a good idea. That so many embrace such a micro-regulated life is very disheartening. I forget the Japanese term for death by a thousand cuts, but that seems to be the end America is facing. The resurrection of the light bulb, however, is at least one band-aid. Hope lives awhile longer.