Light Bulbs in the Nanny State

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New federal energy standards will soon force incandescent (or "conventional") light bulbs off the market and replace them all with fluorescent lights. In response to complaints at this restriction of choice, the Department of Energy has said essentially that the people need lighting, and fluorescent bulbs do the job, therefore they are all that need be available. "By this logic, writes Jacob Sullum in his article "Let There Be Light," "the government could ban cars without meaningfully restricting consumer choice, because what you want is transportation, and you can always ride a bike or take a bus." Originally aired 3/16/2011.