In less than a year, the new federal standards banning the 100-watt incandescent light bulbs we're all used to goes into effect.
Consumers replacing 100-watt incandescent bulbs will be forced to buy mercury-containing CFLs or halogen bulbs, unless they (like me) have been hoarding the old incandescents.
I predict mass public opposition to this little-known law when it goes national on January 1, 2012, and recommend to the more sensible half of Congress that it pass a bill repealing the ban during 2011. The Senate may be inclined to go along sometime next January.
Californians, by the way, are already afflicted, as of last Saturday. Californians seem to like to do the dumb stuff first.
The Watts Up with That blog has a fun poll on this. Go there to see how your views compare with those of others on this issue. (I voted with the hoarders.)
And be aware that liberals and other ban supporters will tell you there's no light bulb ban. That's true. If the upcoming federal ban is not repealed, we'll be able to buy some light bulbs, just not the ones 99 percent of us want to buy, most likely including you.