collection of fools geniuses in congress just passed (and the President signed — WTF?), a bill which, among other things, will outlaw 100-watt incandescent light bulbs by the year 2012. By 2014, you won’t be able to buy an incandescent bulb brighter than 40 watts.
I can see myself in a hardware store in 2012:
Jimbo: I would like a 100-watt light bulb to replace the one in my reading light that burned out.
Clerk: Sorry, pal. No can do. I could go to the slammer for selling them.
Jimbo: Damn, I forgot. How about two 50’s?
Clerk: No problem. Maybe you should stock up, because in two years I won’t be allowed to sell those either.
Jimbo: I don’t think I will, because I suspect that, by then, possession of a 50-watt bulb will be an indictable offense.
We’re told that we’ll be better off and the planet will be better off if we use billions of light bulbs that contain mercury, a highly toxic substance. Oy!
I believe that some day (maybe even in my lifetime) historians will look back on the havoc that will have been wrought by the detestable Al Gore and his high school science project caliber movie and wonder, “What the hell were they thinking?”