CA May Ban Conventional Light Bulbs By 2012 Aimed At Tackling Global Warming KGO By Nannette MirandaMessage 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2007View SourceCA May Ban Conventional Light Bulbs By 2012
Aimed At Tackling Global Warming
KGO By Nannette Miranda
Jan. 31 - KGO - A Sacramento lawmaker has a plan to make people save energy
that some say is just too radical. It's the latest proposal aimed at taking
on global warming.
In a move that's sure to raise the eyebrows of light bulb inventor Thomas
Edison, a Southern California Democrat wants to ban the incandescent ones
from store shelves because hardly anyone is buying the more
energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights.
Assm. Lloyd Levine (D) Van Nuys: "People are creatures of habit. So they're
not doing it on their own, despite the economic incentive in the long run."
The American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy says replacing just one
traditional bulb with a compact fluorescent can save consumers up to $13
dollars a year.
That's because the newer bulbs use 75 percent less energy, which also
translates to fewer greenhouse gasses released by power plants.
Art Rosenfeld, CA Public Utilities Commission: "It doesn't matter where the
power plant is. If it's in California, it saves money for Californians. But
it saves global warming for the whole world."
Republican lawmakers, though, don't see the light. They don't like the
effect the budget-busting compact fluorescents will have on low income
St. Sen. George Runner (R) Antelope Valley: "I'd hate to see the fact that
we have senior citizens and those who are in poverty having to decide
whether or not they're going to buy a $7 dollar light bulb."
Some local utility companies like Sacramento Municipal Utilities District
give retailers subsidies so they can sell the compact fluorescent bulbs at
a lower price.
That subsidy allows Emigh's Ace Hardware to offer $6 to $8 dollar bulbs for
under a dollar.
Chuck Cozort, shopper: "At 99-cents, I'm going to buy these over the
Even though Robert Shultz has already replaced all the bulbs in his house
with the newer ones, he doesn't think the old ones should be banned.
Robert Shultz, opposes ban: "They're taking away our freedom of choice. We
have enough rights taken away already. I think it's a bad idea."
PG&E is among the utilities offering rebates to those switching to energy
efficient bulbs. For more information on the program, visit
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