March 27, 2023 the U.S. DOE (Department of Energy) announced the cessation in sales of incandescent light bulbs effective August 1, 2023. It’s referred to as “The Energy and Independence Security Act” or EISA. The DOE will begin full enforcement of the ban on that date, but it has already urged retailers to begin transitioning away from them and since August of 2022, begun issuing warning notices to manufacturers of definitive “measures” should they not comply.
Although the incandescent light bulb isn’t something I would place at the upper quartile of my list of life concerns, the thought that something as familiar and ubiquitous would no longer be available angers me. Not because a governing body wants to ban it under the guise of energy conservation and the purported climate change mantra, but because this ‘body’ is slowly, deliberately controlling my desires, wants, choices, freedoms and independence.
There are a few exceptions to the ban, though none benefiting me (us): heavy-duty use & CFL (compact fluorescent lamps). Here’s the ‘rub’: CFL’s use Mercury and most CFL’s are not properly disposed to capture the radical Mercury. So, they get irresponsibly dumped, literally!
This action isn’t new… it began with Obama, in 2012 with the “control” of 100-watt bulbs and 2013 with 75-watt versions. Yes, I was able to procure them, not as readily and at increased prices.
The DOE, under President Donald Trump, reversed those light-bulb regulations in a December 2019 decision, ruling the standards on incandescent light bulbs “do not need to be amended because the benefits of more stringent standards do not outweigh the cost to the American people.” An analysis by the Trump-era DOE concluded that increasing the efficiency of incandescent lamps “could cost consumers more than 300 percent compared to the price of today’s incandescent lamps.”
The cost of a incandescent bulb was a 1/4 that of an equivalent LED.
Since the DOE news was issued, the cost of incandescent bulbs have spiked over 60% (source: News Nation; April 10, 2023).
No other country has announced such a ban. In 2005, Cuba & Venezuela put into action the use of florescent bulbs, replacing incandescent bulbs (remember the mercury content).
The Biden administration, in turn, reversed the Trump-era decision.
“By raising energy efficiency standards for light-bulbs, we’re putting $3 billion back in the pockets of American consumers every year and substantially reducing domestic carbon (essentially, CO2) emissions by 222 million metric tons over the next three decades (7.4 tons/year),” states U.S. Secretary of Energy, Jennifer M. Granholm.
Biden’s DOE argues the new regulations will increase energy efficiency and savings for U.S. consumers. BUT, I have been unable to find solid data – from any credible source – to support any of their environmental or financial pay-back claims!
I did discover a energy-use CALCULATOR and found the following:
- A desktop computer uses 3X’s more power than a 60 watt bulb.
- A game console uses 1.5 X’s more.
- A 4KW water heater uses 70 X’s more (4 hours/day)
- A 1/2-hour use of a coffee maker uses less.
- A central A/C unit of 4.5 KW used 8 hours/day (AZ summers) uses 100+ X’s more
The cost-benefit of replacing incandescent bulbs is, really, not supported.
Regarding the 222 million tons of reduced CO2… Allow me to place that number into perspective. Mt. Etna emits 16,000 metric tons of CO2 every DAY! That’s only 1 ACTIVE volcano & doesn’t include any eruptions. There are approximately 550 active volcanoes, world-wide that spew a combined 120 million tons of CO2/year. In addition to volcanoes are other volcanic sources of CO2 emissions: volcanic lakes, tectonic, hydrothermal and inactive volcanic areas, All tolled, the emission total is in excess of 645 million tons CO2/year! (source: Mineralogy and Geochemistry (2013) 75 (1): 323–354; geoscienceworld.org).
Now, what is the contribution of CO2 emission by man? The end of 2021 tallied 37.1 billion tons. China lead the ranking at 11.5 billion tons followed by the U.S. at 5 billion, India & the E.U. at 2.7 billion each & Europe (Exc. E.U.) at 2.5 billion.
China uses more coal than all other nations on earth combined & shows zero signs of changing course. Thus I, absolutely, believe China will provide ample lip-service in reducing their world contribution of CO2 emission with no real, tangible & positive effect.
What will significantly reduce man-made CO2? Stop unnecessary deforestation and repopulate trees. Replace coal & petroleum power-generating stations with nuclear and natural gas. Space limits a full-list of natural CO2 contributors, here’s a few: fires, oceans, animal respiration (CO2 – 101)
Additionally, LED’s change the spectral composition of lighting which impacts our health. Researchers at the University of Exeter found the increased use of LEDs increases exposure to blue-light emissions. This has lead to a link in difficulty sleeping and headaches.
Inexpensive LED’s have no filtering for blue-light and can be more harmful for human eyes than incandescent bulbs.
Not to be out-done, Canada has issued restrictions on use of fertilizer to contain CO2 emissions (Canadian Fertilizer Emission Restrictions). Yes, apparently use of chemical-based fertilizers emit about 1.4% CO2 into Canadian atmosphere and it – the 1.4% – MUST be eliminated by curtailing food production!
In addition to incandescent bulbs, the Biden administration is considering regulations that would impact about half of the cooking stoves, water heaters, furnaces and other appliances that currently use natural gas as a fuel source!
As I stated earlier, my opinion is it’s all about controlling (under the guise of “safety”) every aspect of our lives. Washers, light bulbs, stoves, internal-combustion autos, mowers, utilities. What’s next? How about controlling our borders and the influx of Fentany. – That’s REAL safetyl!
“We are fast approaching the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force” – Ayn Rand
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