Freedom Action Hails Decision by Congress to Block Light Bulb Ban

Free Our Light Campaign Helped Build Grassroots Support

Washington, D. C., December 16, 2011 – Freedom Action today commended the U. S. Congress for blocking the ban on standard incandescent light bulbs that was scheduled to begin going into effect on January 1.  The light bulb provision is included in the omnibus appropriations bill that will fund the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2012.  Freedom Action’s Free Our Light campaign helped build nationwide grassroots support for overturning the ban.

“Congress’s decision to block the ban on incandescent light bulbs enacted in 2007 is great news for consumers and for personal freedom,” said Myron Ebell, president of Freedom Action.  “We hope that this marks the first step in reversing government interference in choices that people should be free to make for themselves.”

“Freedom Action thanks everyone in Congress who worked hard to overturn the light bulb ban, especially Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Representatives Joe Barton (R-Tex.), Michael Burgess (R-Tex.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), and Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) and Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.),” Ebell continued.  “We also want to thank House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), who was big enough to admit he made a mistake supporting the ban in 2007 and worked hard to correct it.”

“Congress’s decision to reverse its 2007 ban on standard incandescent light bulbs shows that if enough people speak up, some of our elected officials will listen,” Ebell continued.  “Freedom Action is proud of the role our Free Our Light campaign played in helping tens of thousands of Americans from across the political spectrum make their voices heard in Washington.”

As part of its Free Our Light campaign, Freedom Action produced a short video that makes fun of the Nanny State implications of the light bulb ban.

Freedom Action is a web-based gathering of activists dedicated to self governance and free markets.  Its web site is