Light Bulb Amendment puts U.S. Jobs at Risk
Yesterday NEMA sent the below letter to every member in the
U.S. House of Representatives.
Support US Jobs and Oppose
Burgess Amendment on Light Bulbs
Dr. Burgess (R-TX) has announced
he will be offering an amendment that has the impact of threatening U.S.
manufacturing jobs. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
strongly opposes the Burgess amendment and urges you to vote against it. The
amendment would prevent the Department of Energy from enforcing U.S. law
regarding energy efficient light bulb requirements that were established with
bipartisan and manufacturer support in EISA 2007.
U.S. companies will continue to
comply with the law, even if DOE is prohibited from enforcing it. The
amendment will open the door for “bad actors” to enter the US market on an
unlevel playing field to compete with legally-compliant, U.S.
We urge you to protect US
jobs and vote against the Burgess amendment.
An amendment on the Energy and Water appropriations bill
defunding the enforcement of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA
2007) minimum standards for energy-efficient light sources has been included
into the legislation. Such a move puts
American jobs at risk. Some in Congress are willing to put U.S. jobs at risk
for political positioning. This is an example of a few politicizing light bulbs
at the risk of American workers and the economy.
Investments have been made in energy-efficient lighting
based on EISA 2007. Now years later, the government wants to strip enforcement
of the standards. Not enforcing the standard allows those who are not
law-abiding companies to sell non-compliant products into the market without
fear of consequence. Those non-compliant products may take some piece of the
demand from compliant products. These non-compliant products can come from
foreign or domestic manufacturers. NEMA members comply with the law, and
therefore are no longer making non-compliant products. But, the resources invested
into compliant products are undercut by congress not supporting enforcement.
This uncertainty puts at risk those jobs associated with compliant products. Some in Congress need to focus their efforts on positive
outcomes for our country rather than political polls.
06-06-2012 2:12 PM
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