White House announces new lighting standards

Aiming to keep the focus on climate change legislation, President Barack Obama put a plug in for administration efforts to make lamps and lighting equipment use less energy.

“I know light bulbs may not seem sexy, but this simple action holds enormous promise because 7 percent of all the energy consumed in America is used to light our homes and businesses,” the president said, standing alongside Energy Secretary Steven Chu at the White House.

Remaining unaddressed by the President:

The Heritage Foundation estimates that by 2035, the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade plan will:

* Reduce aggregate gross domestic product (GDP) by $7.4 trillion

* Destroy 844,000 jobs on average, with peak years seeing unemployment rise by over 1,900,000 jobs

* Raise electricity rates 90 percent after adjusting for inflation

* Raise inflation-adjusted gasoline prices by 74 percent

* Raise residential natural gas prices by 55 percent

* Raise an average family’s annual energy bill by $1,500

* Increase inflation-adjusted federal debt by 29 percent, or $33,400 additional federal debt per person, again after adjusting for inflation.

It’s easier to change a light bulb than try to justify lowering our standard of living.