Liberty and Freedom
Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI) has co-sponsored a bill with a Democrat from California that would make all incandescent bulbs illegal by 2014 (some as early as 2012). A new Upton bill includes outdoor lighting, which homeowners may have to replace to accommodate the larger-sized Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs.
The bill, originally introduced by Upton and Jane Harman (D-CA) in 2007, was passed into law as part of Pelosi’s Energy Independence Act. Anything with a Pelosi stamp of approval needs to be repealed.
A summary of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007:
(Scanning the Table of Contents reveals how far-reaching this law is. It’s not just light bulbs—there are new requirements for commercial buildings, schools, even your own pool or spa must have a federally-approved enclosure and specific type of drain cover.)
Upton and Harman have recently introduced another bill—the Outdoor Lighting Efficiency Act (H.R. 1732)-- to force homeowners to change to CFL bulbs for outdoor lighting:
Upton is a RINO and has a long history of voting with liberals.
The new “green” CFL bulbs contain mercury, and because their overall size is larger than a standard bulb, they won’t necessarily fit in existing light fixtures. And of course the glare of that awful fluorescent lighting is horrid—washes out all colors.
Should the government be able to control the type of light bulb you use and the kind of car you drive?
Upton wants to be chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the most powerful committees in Congress. The House will be voting on this sometime next week.
The top campaign contribution to Upton in 2007-2008 was $23,400 from employees of EnergySolutions Inc. (EnergySolutions cleans up nuclear waste from reactor sites--http://www.energysolutions.com/). Frederick Upton’s net worth was between $7,218,123 and $25,871,000 in 2007, according to Upton’s mandated financial disclosure statements.
Just say NO to Fred—and federally mandated light bulbs. Contact Speaker-elect Boehner to let him know that Upton has no business being part of the ECC and contact your own congressman to vote no to Upton’s leadership—and the Outdoor Lighting Efficiency Act.
While you’re at it, encourage your representative to vote to repeal the “Energy Independence and Security Act”.
Congressman John Boehner
Washington, D.C. Office
1011 Longworth H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-6205 ph
(202) 225-0704 fax
OH residents in the Eighth District may submit email to Boehner via webform:
Congressman Fred Upton
Washington, D.C. Office
2183 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3761
Fax: (202) 225-4986