But it is.
Via The Corner, Andrew Stuffaford points to this Bloomberg article by Virginia Postrel about the upcoming banning of the bulb. Well, of the incandescent bulb, anyway. Postrel points out that technically, it's not a ban or a mandate, but a "standard" with which we must comply. Semantics. She discusses the plethora of choices in the light bulb aisle at Target:
It seems to be a dazzling profusion of choice. But, at least in California, where I live, this plenitude no longer includes what most shoppers want: an inexpensive, plain-vanilla 100-watt incandescent bulb. Selling them is now illegal here. The rest of the country has until the end of the year to stock up before a federal ban kicks in. (I have a stash in storage.) Over the next two years, most lower-wattage incandescents will also disappear.Illegal! Light bulbs are fixing to go black market. Seriously.
I did a rant on this back in September and my position remains the same. Why in the world, in our free market economy, is the government going to tell us what kind of light bulb to use? It's so much more than just a light bulb. It's all about over reach of government into the minute details of our lives. In September I wrote:
It's not JUST a light bulb, of course. It's the ruling class telling you how to live your life. Krikorian is absolutely correct that before you know it, the government will be so big and so powerful they'll tell you what kind of car to drive (oh..wait....) or how much water you can use, how much gasoline you can consume, where you must buy that gasoline and the exact chemical makeup of that gasoline. Heck, before long they'll even be telling you what doctor you can see and what you can see him for and whether or not you can have that prescription regardless of your own ability to pay for it. They'll even be telling you we can't be innovative and search our own oil reserves. Worse than that, they'll try to tell us we can't tap those reserves even though we know where they are because, you know, we might kill a caribou in Alaska or offshore drilling could possibly be *gasp* dangerous.
Yes, well, and here we are. The deadline is looming.
...some stockpiling might be in order.I'm way ahead of you on that one, buddy. I've been stockpiling 100 watt incandescent bulbs for months. My local Albertsons had a sale of 10 (four packs) for $10 and I wiped them out. You can order a 24-pack for $14.21 here!
Black market light bulbs, indeed.