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VOL. 35 | NO. 50 | Friday, December 16, 2011




Blackburn urges incandescent bulbs as gifts

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NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn says she's stuffing stockings with a bright present this year: the kind of light bulbs that are due to be phased out next year.

The Brentwood Republican had backed a provision to cut funding for an energy efficiency law scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, effectively ending the manufacture of 100-watt incandescent light bulbs.

Congress on Saturday passed a reprieve for the bulbs, delaying until October the impact of the 2007 light bulb law signed by President George W. Bush.

Blackburn says in a statement provided to The Tennessean that she will fight "so that people can keep their light bulbs." (http://tnne.ws/tz7Ec8).

Conservation advocates say the energy savings can't be argued with. Opponents say it's government intrusion, too.

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