Congress Delays Light Bulb Law

MATTHEW DALY | Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans in the U.S. Congress are flipping the dimmer switch on a law that sets new energy-savings standards for light bulbs.

They have reached a deal to delay until October enforcement of new standards that some fear will be the end of old-style, 100-watt bulbs. Republican lawmakers say they are trying to head off more government interference in people's lives.

But environmentalists and the light bulb industry say the move is not too bright.

Rep. Fred Upton, a Republican who chairs the House energy panel, said the delay shows Congress is listening to Americans who do not want the government determining how they light their homes.

But Sen. Jeff Bingaman, a Democrat who leads the Senate energy panel, said the move only confuses industry and the American public.

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