Come New Year’s Day 2012, you won’t be able to buy your standard 100-Watt incandescent bulb anywhere in the country. That is, unless the current chair of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee can convince Congress to repeal the ban. The original Energy Independence and Security Act, or CLEAN Energy Act of 2007 was intended to jumpstart the market for the energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and to move the U.S. towards greater energy independence. Critics complain CFLs are up to ten times as expensive, take 3 minutes to warm up, contain mercury, have limited versatility and produce a colder, flatter light than their warm predecessor. Tune in to find out if repeal stands a chance and why the chairman who originally backed the 2007 bill changed his mind.
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