Section 321 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 fills 14 pages in the official Statutes at Large (121 Stat. 1573-87). Subsection 321(a)(3), at 121 Stat. 1577, says the Washington Post:
effectively phases out the manufacture of traditional incandescent bulbs by the middle of the next decade. It does this by setting efficiency standards that traditional incandescent bulbs can't meet. Starting in 2012, for example, a bulb that gives off the light a 100-watt incandescent does today can only use 72 watts of energy.The law -- signed by Bush! -- was pushed not only by environmentalists like candidate Barack Obama but by General Electric, America's largest light-bulb baker and among the top corporate lobbyists.
Tim Carney explains the consequences in the August 28th Washington Examiner:
GE is replacing the incandescents for now with compact fluorescent bulbs, which GE manufactures in China.So get ready for those annoying, ugly and crappy compact fluorescent bulbs--from Asia. BTW, China also has the hammer-lock on batteries for electric cars.
Last month, GE announced it will close the Winchester Bulb Plant 80 miles west of D.C. As a result, 200 men and women will lose their jobs. GE is also shuttering incandescent factories in Ohio and Kentucky, axing another 200 jobs.
GE blamed environmental regulations for the closing. The first paragraph of the company’s July 23 press release explained:
"A variety of energy regulations that establish lighting efficiency standards are being implemented in the U.S. and other countries, in some cases this year, and will soon make the familiar lighting products produced at the Winchester Plant obsolete."
Conclusion: Don't believe the hype about American green jobs and climate change manufacturing.
(via Planet Gore)