Federal Light Bulb Ban Faces First Official Challenge Monday

The U.S. House is expected to vote on repeal of the de facto ban on standard incandescent light bulbs on Monday, July 11. The last word I have received is that the vote should take place around 6 PM Eastern, although that is subject to change.

I’ve been doing quite a few radio interviews on the light bulb ban in recent months, building up to this first important voting day Monday in the battle for repeal. Listen to the YouTube audio recording above or click here if you’d like to hear my interview Friday on powerhouse WGN Chicago with host Milt Rosenberg.

In that interview, the reasons given for the ban, enacted in 2007, and reasons for resistance to the ban are discussed in some detail. The interview also briefly touched upon several other governmental rules affecting our access to common consumer products, including rules reducing the amount of water in toilets, proposed bans on salt shakers on restaurant tables, regulations reducing the amount of water and the temperature of water in home washing machines, rules reducing dishwasher effectiveness and rules making automobiles less crashworthy.

I’m also scheduled to appear Monday morning at 8:17 AM Eastern on WILM in Wilmington (Bruce Elliott Morning Show), at 9:00 AM on KJEL in Lebanon, MO (Morning News), at 12:15 PM on KUHF in Houston (Lori Johnson broadcast), at 1:15 PM on WINA in Charlottesville (The Schilling Show), at 10 PM on powerhouse WBZ in Boston (Nightside with Dan Rea, syndicated to 85 stations). Most if not all of these broadcast live over the Internet and/or archive podcasts, so I have included links for those who are following the light bulb debate closely or who might want to call in. The WBZ program with Dan Rea may be the best shot for calling in for more than a very quick conversation as it is a discussion program and lasts an hour.

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