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Assemblyman Levine Takes on the Lightbulb

Lightbulbs managed to stay under the radar for a long time, but now the suckers are getting called out. Brutally. Yesterday Assemblyman Lloyd Levine (D-Van Nuys) introduced the "How Many Legislators Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb Act" which would ban the sale of incandescent lightbulbs in California by 2012.

"'Incandescent lightbulbs were first developed almost 125 years ago, and since that time they have undergone no major modifications,' Levine tells the AP. "Meanwhile, they remain incredibly inefficient, converting only about 5 percent of the energy they receive into light.'" In addition to the energy-saving benefits, households will save $40 to $50 per year by switching to compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs), notes Reuters. Levine previously took on CA supermarkets over their recycling policies--and won.

· Might California Ban the Old Bulb? [AP]