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California to mandate compact fluorescent lightbulbs?

All Californians issued a desperate plea to the rest of America today as the news was released that California Assemblyman Lloyd Levine wants to ban the use of incandescent lighting and mandate that they be replaced with compact fluorescent lighting. The target date for the state government to interfere in Californians' lives at the microscopic level of light bulbs is set for 2012. The "How Many Legislators Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb Act" might be introduced this week.

Reuters calls this "another pioneering environmental effort in California", but in fact the pioneering is in another field: extremely intrusive nanny-statism. Their article could almost be read as an advertisement for the legislation. Recommending CFLs - or even going as far as offering some form of financial incentive or subsidy - might conditionally be slightly acceptable, but the issue here is one of oppressive state control. One can only imagine what the world would be like if people like Levine were not held in check by those with more sense.