light touch: how smart regulation and technological innovation ruined a perfectly good conservative crusade against government.
\"The government forced me ---
\"Deprived me of my choice,\" protested commercial anchor Stuart Varney, who said traditional incandescent lamps had been eliminated and switched to more energy --
Economist Ben Stein called the government\'s actions \"primitive, Bolshevik, Orwellian\", while political commentator Fred Barnes promised to \"hoard hundreds of old --
Other Fox voices complain about the \"ugly\" light quality of compact fluorescent bulbs, a replacement for incandescent lamps, and their high cost, as well as the fact that they contain harmful substances such as mercury.
Bo Dietl, a security adviser and contributor to Fox, complained: \"Your president made me hate my incandescent lamps . \".
I want to use those toxic things.
You need a damn hazmat set to make up for them if they fall!
Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (
By the way, with the strong support of the Republican Party, George W signed the law. Bush).
Among other things, EISA has built energy-
The efficiency bulb standard will be implemented on 2012.
The regulation requires manufacturers to produce bulbs that are at least 25% more energy efficient than conventional incandescent lamps, 135 of Thomas edison-year-
The old technology is not satisfied at all.
Retailers will still be able to sell incandescent lamps in their inventory, but in the end most consumers will have to sift through alternatives.
Conservative attacks have attracted not only Fox viewers, but also millions of nonpartisan Americans. Why?
Because the primary consumer chose compact fluorescent lamps, it was really bad. The pigtail-
The shape of the device is three to ten times more expensive than the same incandescent lamp, giving off a strange harsh glow, and can breathe, not only releasing a small amount of toxic material, but also weakening the durationlonger-than-traditional-
Behind the bulb arithmetic claims that they are an economic benefit for consumers. Even manylatte-
The city of Sipping\'s saliva reacted in horror.
\"To some extent, I will pay anything to avoid fluorescence,\" artist Laura Stein told the New York Times . \".
\"I can\'t stand them ---
I hate them all the time and I don\'t use them either.
\"However, the frustration of shoppers and complaints from Fox News have been greatly reduced in recent months.
The reason is a new household light bulb, which began to be put on shelves at the end of last year.
These are light bulbs made of lights.
LEDs or LEDs-
Small indicator lights that you see everywhere on your computer and other electronic devices.
The new home LED bulbs are basically made up of hundreds of small LEDs of different colors that together emit a softer and more pleasant white light than compactfluor.
Their prices are similar to those of the latter, but their prices are falling fast.
They lasted about twenty years.
Five times longer than incandescent lamp and three times longer than compact fluorescent lamp-
Light up to 25 thousand hours per bulb.
They will not break easily and will not cause serious health problems.
Most importantly, they are 80 percent more efficient than conventional incandescent lamps, which means a significant reduction in consumer energy costs. The coming (and staying)
LED bulbs are the case study of how government policies stimulate the private sector, which is correct
As early as 1960, small LEDs were sold for electronics, but when Congress passed the EISA in 2007, the technology to deploy them on home lighting was still quite far away.
The New York Times reported more than $100 in LED bulbs and suffered \"performance problems\", adding that they \"may not replace existing technologies very soon \".
But the new energy market
Plan an efficient bulb on 2012-turn on-
Even earlier in Europe, due to EU regulations similar to EISA--
This gives lighting manufacturers a huge incentive to accelerate their development.
EISA also includes another incentive: to give the company a cash reward of $10 million to develop the best high-end products
Watt incandescent lamp
In 2011, Philips launched an energy-saving 83% LED product in the competition.
But the bulbs are not cheap: when they hit the United States for the first time. S.
In the market, $50 per piece.
At the same time, conservatives have begun to fight against the coming standard of light bulbs. Redstate.
Com Editor Erik erickson sent an open letter to the gopcongresboro leader who is about to take over the house at the end of 2010, launching an attack: \"If you only do one thing while you are in Washington, frankly, given your tendency to expand your government, I hope you will do just one thing. . .
This is the case: save the light bulb.
\"On January 2011, Joe Barton, the Republican representative of Texas, proposed a bill to better use the light bulb, which aims to abolish energy.
Efficiency of light bulbstandard.
Michelle bach man soon followed her example of the Freedom of Choice Act.
\"Thomas Edison invented the light bulb and did a very patriotic thing for the country.
If you want to buy the wonderful invention of Thomas Dyson, you should be OK!
\"A group of supporters of Bachmanntold in 2011.
\"The government is not selling to individuals what kind of bulb business to buy.
On January 1, 2012, the lighting company stopped producing the new 100 thanks to EISA-
Incandescent lamps of Watts.
With compactfluoreevents being the only real alternative on the market at the time, mainstream media spent the day highlighting the tragic and angry shoppers who were angry with the law and the federal government ---
A story that fits perfectly with the Tea Party bounce story at that time.
Even mittenney, despite his support for energy
As governor of Massachusetts, efficient light bulbs have joined the trend.
On 2012, in front of a group of achicago, Romney declared: \"The government will ban Thomas Edison\'s light bulbs.
Oh, yes, that\'s what Obama\'s regulators do.
New EISA-January 1, 2014-
40-statutory standardsand60-watt bulbs--
80% of the residential lighting market-Kick in.
If the price of the led is still high, it may also be the gospel of conservatives. Indeed, the U. S.
The Department of Energy predicted in 2011 that,
It was not until 2015 that the bulbswouuldn led by Watt fell to $10.
But to the surprise of almost everyone, the industry achieved that goal as early as two years ago.
By the end of next year, you can go to Home Depot or Walmart and buy LED bulbs for less than $10.
In 2012 alone, their costs plunged by more than 85%, and experts expect prices to continue to fall steadily as retailers compete to become the leading supplier of LED bulbs.
This is good news for the environment.
The Department of Energy predicts that the wide use of LED bulbs can save equivalent to 40-
Four large power plants will be built by 2027.
This is also good news for the economy.
The LED lighting market is expected to grow by 45% annually by 2019.
Regulation has shaken a moribund industry that, for more than 100 years, has little, if any, new technology that ultimately invests in research and development and competes for innovative products with higher margins.
In fact, even if Americans start replacing their incandescent lamps with a $10 led, it\'s a whole new and higher route.
Terminal LEDs are entering the market.
These built-in havechips connect them to the Internet, enabling you to correct or blur them with your smartphone and even change their color and tone.
The only people who are all not good news are conservatives who suddenly see one of their simplest examples of the government\'s attitude towards them.
Of course, there are limited examples of government incentives for private investment.
Think semiconductor, Internet and GPS industry.
LED bulbs are a case in which the government treats it correctly: to develop a law and regulation that is not conducive to a particular company or technology, but rather sets standards for the performance that the private sector must meet, the federal government has invested a lot of money to accelerate this process.
Still, the idea that regulation and innovation can and can often go hand in hand is that conservatives try to turn things around.
The war on light bulbs is no longer so common in foxes, but there are still some deaths --enders.
January of 2014 Tim Carney in the Washington inspector of in wrote federal government still will try to in everyone of throat in installation Compact Highlighter this LED highlighter forever not cheap to people afford house. (
Of course, he did not mention the amazing drop in LED prices that had already occurred. )
Republicans managed to squeeze in $1 in the same month.
The 1 trillion spending Act prohibits Doe from spending money to implement the new light bulb standard, although the LED market has taken off, which may not have any impact.
To be on the safe side, South Carolina Republican Representative Jeff Duncan introduced the Thomas Edison bulb bill, which will completely abolish the standard of bulb efficiency-
Positioning the Republican Party as the 19-year-old champion of the ludism
Hundred years of technology.
Fortunately, the bill, like a larger conservative war on bulb standards, does not have much power behind it.
Rachel Cohen is an intern at the Washington Monthly.