How Many Republicans Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb

Republicans are saying “no, no, no” to any resolution on the debt ceiling and instead turning their focus to another issue. What is Dennis Rehberg, candidate for U.S. Senate focused on today?

Light Bulbs.

That’s right. Dennis “I sue firefighters who save my land” Rehberg of Montana is not focusing on the economy and the important debate over the debt ceiling and expressing his intense emotion about light bulbs.

I guess to each according to his abilities.   Rather than work on jobs, the economy, and the debt ceiling, of course Rehberg and the Republicans are debating the merits of incandescent light bulbs.

The Republican House voted this week on H.R. 2417, The Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act, which would repeal certain sections in the 2007 Energy and Independence Act with respect to lighting energy efficiency.  Rehberg voted with the TEA Party.

The Washington Post reports:

The 2007 law doesn’t require Americans to buy compact fluorescents or any other type of light bulb. All Congress has done is set a national standard for how much power it takes to produce a certain amount of light. And there’s good reason to demand improved efficiency; about 90 percent of the energy that traditional incandescent bulbs use is given off as heat, not light.

Philips, the Dutch electronics giant, estimates that replacing a traditional 75-watt incandescent bulb with one of its latest light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs would save a household $160 in energy costs over its life. The company also reckons that replacing just the 90?million or so 75-watt incandescent bulbs sold in America annually with these advanced bulbs would reduce yearly energy use by 5,220 megawatts, saving $630?million and 3.26?million tons of carbon emissions — comparable to taking a million cars off the road. Not all Americans will choose to invest in one of Philips’s extremely efficient new bulbs, but, the Natural Resources Defense Council estimates, under the federal standards, the average family’s energy bill should drop by about 7 percent a year.


18 Comments on "How Many Republicans Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb"

  1. Here’s what Denny said about energy efficiency on his campaign website:

    “Finally, we need to invest in technologies that will help move America forward into more efficient energy production. In short, we need to get better at energy conservation. By increasing funding for these technologies we can continually learn to do more with less.”

    After his vote yesterday, there’s not a filament of truth left in that statement. All that remains is a filament of hypocrisy, glowing dimly in the fading twilight of Republican rationality.

    • Denny is about as disconnected as it gets.

      Long time extended boozing may have taken it’s toll on his mental health.

  2. No post on the hippies having a drum circle in the Capitol yesterday?

  3. Not trolling just interested in cowgirls take on it

  4. Yeah – woke up this morning knowing that Cowgirl would have a post on this and I am sad to be denied!!

  5. The event in the Capitol is an opportunity for Governor Schweitzer as the head of the Montana Democratic Party to formulate a strategy for organizing the environmental communities under a leadership so each item is addressed with an effective response.

    Expect a statement from the governor’s office.

  6. We are in a recession, right? WHERE ARE THE JOBS?! WHERE ARE THE JOBS?! That’s all we heard from the GOP in 2010. They haven’t given the issue a second thought since taking power. I am started to get convinced that they (the GOP) honestly wants to hurt the economy in order to help the chances in 2012. What happened to “Country First”?

  7. Yay for mercury and loads of other contaminants in fluorescent lightbulbs!!!

    I’m cheering for LED…. CFL’s suck…. end of story.

  8. My house is full of CFLs. Where can I find LEDs with comparable lumens?

  9. How many ‘Denny’s does it take to change a light bulb?

  10. Incandescent lights waste so much electricity compared to fluorescent lamps. ..

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