Saturday, January 14, 2012

PolitiFact Claims there really is no Incandescent Light Bulb Ban

I'm not thinking much of the so-called "fact checker" sites these days. In this case, PolitiFact uses what I call the "hyperliteralism ploy" to claim that there is no incandescent light bulb ban, and that whatever-it-is, it does not limit consumer freedom.

PolitiFact says that, since expensive halogen bulbs will still be available, and halogen bulbs are a type of incandescent bulb, it cannot be said that incandescent bulbs are banned. Ta da! Moreover, PolitiFact says, the "non-banned" incandescent bulbs "will continue to be sold to consumers until supplies run out." Therefore Marsha Blackburn is a lying liar when she states  "new energy standards will take away our freedom of choice and selection in the light bulbs we have in our homes."

Never mind that Blackburn did not intend her statement to be a scientific treatise on the constitution of incandescent bulbs, but was speaking in common usage of the everyday bulbs familiar to virtually all consumers.

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