Consumers Could Be the Losers in Capitol Hill Light Bulb Debate and Other News

Consumers Could Be the Losers in Capitol Hill Light Bulb Debate and Other News

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Kissairis Munoz

As light bulbs become a hotter topic on the Hill, the Alliance’s President Kateri Callahan was featured on E&E TV. As Congress becomes embroiled in a broader debate over the government’s role in regulations, it’s unfortunate that it’s happening around the light bulb law, she said, where the consumer could be the loser.

Senior Vice President for Programs Jeff Harris went on Washington’s NBC-4 to explain how new light bulb regulations actually provide consumers with more choice and savings, as 90 percent of the energy that’s paid for with traditional incandescent is radiated as heat, not light.

In other news, while the tax credit for hybrid vehicles expired at the end of 2010, there is still a tax credit of $2,500 to $7,500 for plug-in electric vehicles. The credits can significantly reduce what consumers will end up paying, Senior Policy and Research Associate Tom Simchak told USA Today.

As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rolls out new guidelines as part of the Clean Air Act, Callahan reminded readers of the National Journal’s Energy and Environment blog that while the EPA’s actions might be controversial, enhancing energy efficiency is a sensible answer that transcends politics.

Consumers Could Be the Losers in Capitol Hill Light Bulb Debate and Other News

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