South Carolina lawmakers are taking a stand in favor of states’ lights.
Which is a great first line, by the way. The basic gist of the article is that the South Carolina legislature is debating a bill that would permit incandescent bulbs to continue to be made in-state, solely for in-state use. As you probably know, incandescent bulbs are being phased out nationally in favor of compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, on what is turning out to be perhaps dubious evidence that they’re cheaper over the long run. I think that we can likewise discount the suggestion that CFLs are better for the environment, what with the entire “partially made out of mercury” thing. South Carolinan legislatures have a habit of being a bit stubborn about things, so it’s not too surprising that they’re doing this.
Will it work? Maybe, maybe not: I don’t know how you keep out of state folks from buying your bulbs, and once it becomes interstate commerce, well, the feds swoop in. But I’ve noticed that people don’t like having these little things taken away from them for no good reason… or even when there is a good reason, really. Something about being mature adults who can make their own choices, or something like that.
Plus, the mercury. A lot of people didn’t really grok the bit about the mercury.