Here’s a Light bulb Christmas Gift from congress. Or not.

December 20th, 2011

Become green because you want to. Not because the government tells you to.

If you were to base your business decisions on what congress told you to do, you could make some big mistakes. Mistakes like carrying to much of one inventory item versus not enough of another. Mistakes like moving your CSR focused green initiatives up based on legislation even though they will cost you more money this year as opposed to spreading your transition out over a couple of years.

Well congress as usual is at it again with another hide and seek item within a huge spending bill.

According to a Washington Post article by Stephen Dinan titled Congress overturns incandescent light bulb ban, Congressional negotiators struck a deal Thursday that overturns the new rules that were to have banned sales of traditional incandescent light bulbs beginning next year.

That agreement is tucked inside the massive 1,200-page spending bill that funds the government through the rest of this fiscal year, and which both houses of Congress will vote on Friday. Mr. Obama is expected to sign the bill, which heads off a looming government shutdown.

Congressional Republicans dropped almost all of the policy restrictions they tried to attach to the bill, but won inclusion of the light bulb provision, which prevents the Obama administration from carrying through a 2007 law that would have set energy efficiency standards that effectively made the traditional light bulb obsolete.

Any thoughts as to what lobby caused this action to happen? Will it protect jobs? Will it slow growth? Do what you do because it’s good for you.

All of your opinions are welcome and appreciated

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