But according to the Global Environment Facility, incandescents still make up 50-70% of worldwide sales and China’s move forms a striking contrast to the US government’s backsliding on the issue. This summer Republicans drove a bill through the House of Representatives stripping all funding for government enforcement of improved lighting efficiency standards, which come into force next year.

Overall, China has pledged to cut energy consumption per unit of GDP by 16% and cut carbon emissions by 17% in the five years to 2015.

There is something so fundamentally wrong with Republicans, I don’t even know where to begin. This is why I hate living here sometimes. What a fucking backward country on issues like this.

And back from July:

‘Republicans declare victory for freedom after House votes on lightbulbs’
Under Tea Party pressure, the House of Representatives voted on Friday to cut federal government spending on the environment by more than $1bn.

Victory for Freedom. What a bunch of bullshit.