In the midst of rising gas prices, a mounting energy crisis and global warming, it’s comforting to know at least one elected official is fighting for our right to...watch TV and be lazy.
A month ago on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican Congressman Ted Poe of Texas argued against the ban on Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb that begins in 2012 in favor of the energy-saving compact fluorescent bulb.
One of Poe’s concerns has to do with warnings that the new bulb may cause interference to TV and radios.
“Now we’re in trouble for Monday Night Football,” he says, “because we’re going to have to turn out the lights so there’s no interference with our TV.”
Much of Poe’s case centers around the disposal of the fluorescent bulb, which contains mercury. He is concerned that cleaning up the bulb, should it break, is too much work for the average American.
“Nothing in Congress seems to be easy,” Poe says, “and that phrase is certainly true with these CFL light bulbs.”
Watch Poe’s floor statement below and, for an added chuckle, pay special attention to the man sitting behind the Texas congressman as he snickers away during Poe’s speech. – Chris Vogel
UPDATE: We've received word the fellow snickering in back is none other than Tom Tancredo, congressman from the great border state of Colorado.
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