A Public Service Announcement

by Don Boudreaux on January 19, 2014

in Crony Capitalism, Energy, Environment, Regulation, Video

Uncle Sam, as is now well known, is taking steps to prevent Americans from using incandescent light bulbs.

(HT Marty Mazorra)

I refuse to go along with this ban.  No one – especially no gang of politicians or gaggle of government bureaucrats – has a right to tell me what kind of light bulb I must use or may not use.  So just as I resolve never to waste a second of my time ‘recycling’ the likes of newspapers, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles, I resolve never to use in my home or office a florescent (or any other kind of) bulb in place of an incandescent bulb.  Indeed, I resolve to have on hand more than enough incandescent bulbs until I breathe my last.  I intend to accumulate such a large quantity of incandescent bulbs that my estate will pass significant stores of them along to whatever grandchildren I might have.  So I began stocking up on incandescent bulbs several years ago, and I just added to my supply by ordering a stash from this friendly on-line merchant.

My latest stock of bulbs, pictured here, was delivered yesterday.  I got, in this shipment, 22 bulbs (of various wattages and including one 3-way) at a average price of $1.50 per bulb – a price that includes shipping.


As a service to the public, I encourage all Americans to save their eyesight, to protect their freedom, and to strike a blow against cronyism masked by self-righteous and officious ‘environmentalism,’ by stocking up ASAP on incandescent light bulbs and rejecting the dull and idiotic alternatives.


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