#rsrh You can take South Carolina’s incandescent bulbs…

…when you pry them from their cold, dead hands:

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.

Moe Lane

Via Instapundit.


  • INC says:

    “South Carolinan legislatures have a habit of being a bit stubborn about things”

    🙂 Yeah, just a bit!

  • IJB says:

    I hope to gawd this lights a fire under our do-nothing Congress to repeal that law – they’ve had months and haven’t even moved on it AFAICT…

  • Brian Swisher says:

    That whole thing in the December of 1860 didn’t work out too well, though…

    • Moe_Lane says:

      …and 150 years later the state is being run by the party whose ancestors burned it to the ground: the governor is a woman of Sikh ancestry; and one district is represented by an African-American Republican who beat the son of Strom Thurmond in the primary, and proceeded to crush the Democrat in the general.

      This is not really apropos of anything, except to note that the universe has a sense of humor.

  • countrydoc says:

    Now if only they could do the same thing with shower heads and toilets. “Freedom!” they cried.

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