In a twist, Congress looks to delay bulb phaseout
The budget bill drawn up to avert a federal shutdown includes a provision that will delay enforcement of the new energy-efficiency standards for light bulbs. The rider related to the FY 2012 Omnibus funding bill does not repeal or change the standards, however. Instead, it imposes funding limitations on the Department of Energy (DOE) to enforce the light bulb standards for FY 2012.
According to an article in USA Today, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association opposes a delay in enforcement of the phaseout of 100-watt incandescent bulbs. But some politicians — such as Texas Republican Joe Barton — applauded the delay as a temporary victory for freedom of choice.
Under the new bill, which is expected to be signed into law this week, enforcement of the phaseout of incandescent light bulbs will be delayed until at least Oct. 1. The phaseout was originally expected to kick in Jan. 1.
President George Bush in 2007 signed the law that called for a phaseout of certain incandescent bulbs.
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I'm fine with the delaying of the bill. I think the benefits of the "more energy efficient" bulbs are way over blown, and a waste of time and effort. There is another, and (I think)more important point to be made here. What the hell does the current budget issue have to do with the "light bulb bill"? I'm sick to death with congress attaching completely unrelated legislature to one another. I don't care which side of any issue you are on. It's fundamentally wrong.
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Protesters rally in Detroit-area Lowe’s
A coalition of Christian, Muslim and civil rights activists — about 100 people in all — protested Lowe’s decision to pull its ads from a Muslim-focused TV show.
The protest occurred Saturday outside the Lowe’s in Allen Park, Mich., a suburb of Detroit. The controversy revolves around Lowe’s decision to pull its ads from a television show called "All-American Muslim" on the TLC network.
According to an article in the Detroit Free Press, a smaller group assembled in support of Lowe’s decision.
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TimberTech brings stainless steel to TopLoc fasteners
Wilmington, Ohio-based TimberTech expanded its fastening options by rolling out a stainless steel TopLoc fastener.
Most coastal regions require stainless steel fasteners to reduce the likelihood of corrosion that leads to rot and failure, according to the company. Stainless steel is able to withstand more inclement weather because it is less brittle than carbon steel.
“TopLoc’s tri-lobular design reduces compression within the board and the undercut head with three annular rings helps eliminate undesired mushrooming, spinout and end-splitting,” said Toby Bostwick, senior product manager. “Now, we have a product that combines these great attributes with a fastener that will create a long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing decking system.”