A whole bunch of right-wing pundits and members of Congress have been lying about new government standards for light bulbs for quite a while now. These, they claim, set forth in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, will take away the Founders' guarantee that Americans will forever have the freedom to light their houses with incandescent bulbs.
House Republicans, including Rep. Michele Bachmann, who introduced her own light-bulb freedom act, made a big deal all year of squelching the standards. Last week, they got their wish with a rider attached to the omnibus spending bill. Consequently, until Sept. 30, the end of the 2012 fiscal year, the new standards that were supposed to take effect in January can't be enforced.
You know who isn't happy about it? The light-bulb industry:
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