No Right Turn suggests we follow Australia’s lead and ban incandescent bulbs. While I think this is a clear case of Government intervention helping consumers reduce total cost of ownership it is not a total ‘no brainer’.
While the short term increase in spend will eventually be matched by reduced electricity bills, this will be an unpopular measure for many. For those people living from pay packet to pay packet (or benefit payment to benefit payment) the extra say $5 per bulb is a meaningful amount, and could mean forgoing other essential spending.
Yes it is a smart thing to ban, but no this is not a political no-brainer, especially for the Labour party.
Still – I believe a ban should happen – provided there is sufficient competition in the compact flourescent market – we wouldn’t want to see a price rise after the law took effect would we…