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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Fred Upton, Thomas Edison and Michigan

    By jenkuz, Section News
    Posted on Sat Nov 13, 2010 at 09:04:09 AM EST
    Tags: Fred Upton, Thomas Edison, Michigan, light bulb (all tags)

    Cross-posted on jennerationx.com

    Congressman Fred Upton has been receiving harsh criticism of his quest to become chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The Republican has co-sponsored a bill with a liberal Democrat to ban the incandescent light bulb, which was originally made available to the masses by Thomas Edison, because, in Upton's view, it uses too much energy. Upton believes we, as a society, must focus on energy savings since our energy needs will double in a certain time frame due to a study done by God knows who, and paid for probably by a green group.

    Upton argued that only 10% of the "obsolete" incandescent energy use was light, and 90% was heat, making the fluorescent a more efficient bulb.

    So he introduced a bill to ban Edison's lightbulb by 2012.

    Thomas Edison was a genius. He moved to Port Huron as a child, and frustrated teachers by his constant question of "why?" His mother knew he was not "addled" as his teacher said, she knew he was gifted. She took him home, taught him herself, and he began a business distributing newspapers, snacks and candy that was so successful, he branched out by selling fruits and vegetables. By 14, the boy was campaigning for Abraham Lincoln, the father of the Republican Party. He started his own newspaper, outlining the Lincoln-Douglas debates and was making 10 dollars a day, enough at the time to live comfortably on his own. But he instead used his extra money to finance his chemical lab.

    One of his first inventions was the electric vote-recording machine, which was rejected because lobbyists liked to be able to coerce members of the legislature away from their instinctive vote in the Massachusetts legislature during a long, drawn out manual counting of votes. Edison was told, "This is exactly what we do not want" a seasoned politician scolded him, adding that "Your invention would not only destroy the only hope the minority would have in influencing legislation, it would deliver them over - bound hand and foot - to the majority."

    Edison's invention would have hurt lobbyists and special interest groups like say, the green movement.

    Edison's biography is very interesting, and I encourage you to go to ThomasEdison.com and read it.

    Upton and Edison are both from Michigan, both Republicans, both interested in Energy and Commerce. However, one of Edison's crowning achievements, the modern incandescent light bulb, brought the world out of darkness as a result of his ever thinking, ever inquisitive mind. Upton's ban is a snuffing out thought and innovation in the free market.

    Edison relied on himself and science, the push for fluorescents comes from government's intrusion in the marketplace.

    The modern incandescent light bulb is the intellectual property of Thomas Edison. When he brought it to the masses, it was heralded as a source of light and heat. The argument that we need to ban it because it is called inefficient is wrong. It is not inefficient, it does what it was invented to do, provide light and heat.

    Where Upton goes wrong in his ban is that it is not the business of government to decide what I can purchase to light my home. I should have the freedom to look at what the government wants me to use, and Thomas Edison, and say, I like what Tom has done, the light is better, and the fact that I can feel heat from it is helpful here in the north. I want to buy what Tom made. If Fred wants to buy a fluorescent bulb, he can go ahead.

    The House Energy and Commerce committee should look at creating more power plants, not stopping energy usage. Edison, and other inventors of that extraordinary time in American history, competed with each other, all using the latest technology to invent things using the free market. Upton needs to look at history.

    I fully support a repeal of the ban on incandescent light bulbs.

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    Politico is on this too.. (none / 0) (#1)
    by JGillman on Sat Nov 13, 2010 at 01:55:42 PM EST
    This could be good to make sure he DOES NOT get the energy seat..


    Also don't forget (none / 0) (#2)
    by LookingforReagan on Sun Nov 14, 2010 at 10:53:17 AM EST
    That these AlGORE lightbulbs cost the same as about 8 incandesents and the "Green" lightbulbs contain mercury. Now I seem to remember here a few years ago the big screamfest we had about mercury in this country. We can't have it in our fish, or in our mouths in the form of fillings but thanks to Ready Freddy we can damn well have it in our light bulbs. Did Fred let anybody know that if you break one of these curly tailed boondoogles that it will, depending on where you live cost anywhere from $1500 to $3600 to have the "site" cleaned up by a licensed and certified Hazmatt company. Seems to me that this is typical of the left and the Nanny state meddlers. You can bitch about mercury on one thing but tell us it is in our best interest to have it in our homes in close proxemity to our children, our pets and ourselves on the other. Or was this one of the famous unintended consequences that Government stupidity is famous for? Fred needs to go live in the nether world of the Nanny Statist's with the rest of the Progressive's who seek to command our every movement. He should switch parties and go with those whom he seems to agree with more then he does the Right thinking Conservatives in this country. This assinine prohibition needs to be repealed and anybody that voted for or sponsered this crap needs to be drummed out of the party and then out of office. I hope, I sincerly wish that the Tea Party folks target Upton in 2012. He needs to be removed from office and retired. As someone who has the misfortune to have Msr Upton as my Congressional Rep I am pretty well stuck. I have no representation in the US Senate and I have a RINO incompetent as my Representitive in the House.

    Conserving Energy (none / 0) (#5)
    by Ed Burley on Sun Nov 14, 2010 at 02:04:56 PM EST
    I would encourage anyone who is interested in the future to read the book "The Bottomless Well." In it, the authors show that, with all of our attempts to conserve energy, we actually have consistently and without pause increased energy consumption each and every year.

    Simply, when we "conserve energy" we save money...which in turn encourages us to spend that money on more energy.

    I think the authors were Huber and Mills.

    It's a good scientific read, but easy for the layman (I am certainly a layman when it comes to science - although I seem to be smarter than the smartest Progressive).

    There is more. (none / 0) (#6)
    by LookingforReagan on Sun Nov 14, 2010 at 03:04:45 PM EST
    First off the CFL light bulbs don't put out near as much light as the incandesent bulbs. And the CFL bulbs tend to irritate the eyes. Ever go into a store and within a few minutes your eyes begin to burn. It is those damned floresent bulbs.
    Another thing that confirms the stupidity of the current crop of incompetents who are running this country is this. Dear Leader is touting the new electric cars such as the stupidly named Leaf. Well here is a couple of facts. First Dear Leader wants to DECREASE electric production in the US by 18% over the next three years. He intends to us EPA(Extreme Progressive Agenda) operatives to shut down older coal fired electric generation plants. With nothing to replace them in the plan.
    Second. If a mere one million electric cars were added to the current US fleet of privatly, commecially and publically owned vehicles it will require a 22% increase of electric production at EXISTING levels. Does anyone but me see a freaking problem here? And all this because a former Vice President who is a no talent loser has perpetuated a grand hoax in league with Marxist professors and climatologists. Climate change has been with us forever. It will be with us always. It was far warmer on this planet during the medieval warming period then it is now and there was fewer people and no industrial revolution to blame. No internal combustion engines exhisted either.It is the result of natural cycles of the .....wait for it.... THE SUN.What about the Maudner Minimum? The aptly named Little Ice Age? It is rightly accepted that a period of decreased solar activity was responsible for world wide cooling. Also some volcanic mega erruptions orrured during this period. So can somebody on the left explain these incoveinent truths and facts. Not without piling on a huge cloak of lies, deceit and outright fabrication. Kind of the same way they try and prove Darwin's THERORY of evolution.

    New Ideas (none / 0) (#7)
    by MichWolverine on Mon Nov 15, 2010 at 02:39:03 PM EST
    I don't have a problem with new and innovative ideas.  After all, necessity is the mother of invention.  

    However, what I have a problem with is the fact that once the Government dictates that we must use a specific product, all work ceases to improve that product.

    As an example, I will point out the toilets now required in the United States.  The purpose of the regulation was use less water and energy.

    However, the toilets now require two or more flushes, so where's the water and energy savings?

    Additionally, once the Government requirement was 'met' by manufacturers, they discontinued all work to improve upon the toilet, so we're all stuck using a regulated sub-standard item.

    The same thing will happen with the goofy light bulbs.  They are ugly. They provide poor lighting quality, and they practically require a haz-mat team to show up if broken.  Now that the manufacturers have 'met' the Government requirement, will anyone bother to improve upon the product?  Likely not, and we will be forever stuck with that ridiculous light bulb.

    Just sayin'!

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