A good long run

A century and a quarter, and then some, but those days are gone:

In 2007 President George W. Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act, which, among other things, was intended “to move the United States toward greater energy independence and security, to increase the production of clean renewable fuels, to protect consumers, to increase the efficiency of products, buildings, and vehicles.” Americans have been blaming President Obama ever since for taking away their incandescent light bulbs.

Now, almost exactly ten years later, John Flannery, the new head of General Electric, has announced that they are out of the bulb business. Many are outraged, blaming Obama and the EPA, writing comments like “another American industry lost, gone to China. The EPA demanded the change from filament to fluorescent to save energy. Now LEDs, invented here, now made in China.”

This is not, incidentally, the first “innovation” to occur on W’s watch for which Obama got the blame: remember when all the car companies in Detroit went down the porcelain facility?

(Via Fark.)


  1. McGehee »

    17 November 2017 · 5:46 am

    I was less upset about the bankruptcies than the bailouts. Ford didn’t take one, and recovered just fine.

    As for bulbs, the EPA was a Nixon innovation, no?

  2. fillyjonk »

    17 November 2017 · 5:48 am

    And what incandescent bulbs it has been possible to buy in the past couple years have been utter crap – burnt out after a very short term of use compared to older bulbs. And I hate the curly fluorescent ones, the weak light they give, the hazmat situation if you drop one, the pain in properly disposing of them. So I pay the higher prices for LEDs and sincerely hope the claims of longer life are not inflated.

  3. fillyjonk »

    17 November 2017 · 5:51 am

    McG: a surprising lot of environmental legislation started under Nixon’s watch. (Some came in under Carter, but the ball got rolling with Nixon).

    I spent far more time contemplating the history of it this semester than I ever had before.

  4. McGehee »

    17 November 2017 · 6:50 am

    I don’t find it that surprising, for a few reasons.

    First, Nixon was from that wing of the GOP that preferred Rockefeller over Goldwater, and anybody over Reagan.

    Second, Congress was securely in Democrat hands during Nixon’s tenure — which may have had a lot to do with First.

    Third, Nixon didn’t have the charisma to do as Reagan often did of going over the heads of the press to appeal directly to the American people — notwithstanding his “Laugh-In” “Sock it to me” moment.

  5. fillyjonk »

    17 November 2017 · 7:33 am

    well, surprising to me, because I really don’t remember Nixon.

  6. McGehee »

    17 November 2017 · 7:45 am

    Get off my lawn.

  7. Holly H »

    17 November 2017 · 8:14 am

    I do remember the “Sock it to me” moment. Brilliant PR, on the part of Nixon’s staff. Otherwise, he was such a humorless creature. Similar to someone else in office now.

  8. CGHill »

    17 November 2017 · 9:12 am

    If I remember correctly, the Earned Income Credit was hacked together from one of Nixon’s ideas.

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  10. ETat »

    18 November 2017 · 7:43 am

    Someone who is in office now* is funny as hell. All the laughs he very publicly has (and incidentally – us, watching) at the expense of the Left! The latest sex abuse coming-outs, against people hypocritically accusing him, just few months ago..oh but he now looks positively ANGELIC compared to few choice examples of Hollywood and media types, fallen from their high horses!
    And the tweets. And the bull’s eye nicknames he gives.

    One thing you might be sure, Holly, that he understands and enjoys: the old maxim of he, who laughs last.

  11. ETat »

    18 November 2017 · 7:49 am

    Oh, and – treehugger? Don’t even try to equalize the monumental longterm damage inflicted by Oh’Bummer admin and minor inconveniences triggered by Bush.
    It’s on the plane of fake “Russian collusion” of one vs. wide-spread corruption and conspiracy with foreign enemies of your beloved red-diaper old babies.

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