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3 i 12 The Julian News L :ARTH I I I, TALK Questions & Answers About Our Environment Dear EarthTalk: What was the BULB Act pertaining to light bulb energy efficiency that just failed to pass in the House of Representatives? -- Betsy Edgerton, Columbus, OH The Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act (H.R. 2417) was a failed attempt in July 2011 by some Republicans in the House to repeal a 2007 law mandating increased efficiency for light bulbs sold anywhere in the U.S. Sponsors of the bill cited the 2007 bulb efficiency, requirements-- whereby light bulbs must be 25 to 30 percent more efficient by 2014 and then as much as 60 percent more efficient by 2020--as a key example of how government overreaches its authority. "The 2010 elections demonstrated that Americans are fed up with government intrusion," said Representative Joe Barton, the Texas Republican who proposed the repeal. "Tile federal government has crept so v deep into our lives that federal agencies now determine what kind of light bulbs the American people are allowed to purchase." It's ironic that the new standards were put in place by Republican President George W. Bush as part of his Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, a sweeping update of the country's energy policy. At the time, the bill, including the provisions about light bulb efficiency, enjoyed widespread bi-partisan support. The fact that the BULB Act couldn't muster enough votes in the Republican-controlled House to pass by the required two-thirds majority shows that even many conservative lawmakers would rather have the country save money and energy than waste it unnecessarily on inefficient~ lighting. The repeal effort did garner 233 votes, but the 193 opposed were more than enough to override it given House rules. Democratic Whip in the House, derided the sponsors of the repeal attempt for focusing on the wrong priorities in these dire economic times. "By bringing misguided bills like this one to the floor instead of a comprehensive jobs plan, it is clear that House Republicans are still in the dark." Even the National Electrical Manufacturers Association and General Electric came out against repealing the increased efficiency standards, given the strides industry has made in recent years to roll with the punches and design more efficient bulbs, fixtures and electricity distribution methods. Analysts wonder if the 2007 efficiency requirements will sound the death knell for incandescent bulbs, which have not changed significantly since first invented by Thomas Edison in 1879. While newer, more efficient styles of bulbs--from compact fluorescents (CFLs) to halogens to light-emitting diodes (LEDs)--may be significantly more expensive than their incandescent counterparts (by as much as a factor of 500, consumers will likely make up the difference and then some over the long term as energy savings accrue. The Department of Energy estimates that the switchover to newer, more efficient bulbs will save American households upwards of $50 per year by 2015, or some $6 billion in the aggregate. Besides saving money, the new standards will save the amount of electricity generated by more than 30 large power plants, according to the nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy (ASE). As for global warming, the new standards promise to save carbon emissions equaling the removal of 14 million cars off the road. CONTACTS: H.R. 2417, thomas.loc. govlcgi.binlquerylz?c112:H,R.2417:; ASE, www.ase.org. EarthTalkฎ is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E - The Environmental Magazine (www. emagazine.com). Send questions to: earthtalk@emagazine.com. Subscribe: www. emagazine, corn/ subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www. emagazine.com/trial. New efficiency requirements for light bulbs may sound the death knell for incandescents, which have not changed significantly since Thomas Edison invented them in 1879. Newer, more efficient styles cost more but could save consumers some $6 billion in annual energy costs by 2015 -- while also eliminating the equivalent of 30 large power plants' electrical output and 14 million cars worth of carbon emissions. photo courtesy; Hemera Collection Ask Pastor Rick Religion In The News Army Alert • Says AWOL Soldier Admits He Planned An Attack On Fort Hood An AWOL infantry soldier caught with weapons and a bomb inside a backpack admitted planning what would have been Fort Hood's second terrorist attack in less than two years, an Army spokesman said. He might have succeeded ~t carrying it out if a gun-store clerk hadn't alerted the police to the man's Suspicious activity. We would probably be here today, giving you a different briefing, had he not been stopped," Killeen Police Chief Dennis Baldwin said, calling the plan a "terror plot." The 21-year-old suspect, Pfc. Naser Abdo, was arrested at a motel about three miles from Fort Hood's main gate. He had spoken out against the 2009 Fort Hood shootings last year as he made a public plea to be granted conscientious objector status to avoid serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. Like the soldier charged with killing 13 people in the shootings, Abdo is Muslim, but he said in an 'essay obtained by The Associated Press the attacks ran against his beliefs and: were !ian act of aggression by a man and not by Islam." Abdo was approved as a conscientious objector this year, but that status was put on hold after he was charged with possessing child pornography. He went absent without leave from Fort Campbell, Ky., during the July 4 weekend. SOurce: Associated Press, summarized by Pastor Rick Ask Pastor Rick Where do Christians get the belief that the Bible alone is their ultimate authority? Answer: Many Protestants have grown up with the words 'Sola Scriptura' (or the Bible alone). Some believe it comes from church councils of the 4th century, which validated the 27 books of the New Testament canon. I am not so convinced. I rather think it comes from the sacred writing itself. Holding a very high view of Scripture, and basing your life on God's word as the final authority, are clearly presented in texts like Psalms September 7, 2011 119, an entire chapter dedicated to the Word of God, and 2nd Timothy 3:16-17 which says, All Scripture is God-breathed [inspired by God] and is useful for teaching, exhorting, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. If someone is to take this passage seriously, to be 'thoroughly equipped', he or she must turn to the Bible, God's inspired words Rick Hill is the Senior Pastor at Hillside Community Church on 3rd and C Streets in Julian, CA. 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