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Nancy Pelosi on HER first year as Speaker of The House!

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives

One Year in Charge of Congress

In speaking about the first year of the Democrats in control of Congress, Nancy Pelosi who was chosen Speaker of The House of Representatives answered some questions about the happenings in her initial year in office.

When asked what she considered to be her greatest achievement in office in 2007 she responded as follows:I believe it was the energy security bill. Congress has finally increased the fuel-economy standards for motor vehicles. This alone could save drivers as much as $1000.00 per year and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

Let’s look at that for a moment:

The operative word COULD, makes the saving of $1000.00 per year on fuel costs questionable. It also leaves questions on how much fuel would be saved and therefore the reduction of dependence on foreign oil is an unknown as well.

What was not addressed was the cost per vehicle increase to allow manufacturers to comply with the new governmental regulations. While this is an unknown, we know it will be passed on to the consumer. WHERE IS THE SAVINGS HERE?

In addition the mandate in the energy bill that incandesant light bulbs are phased out beginning in 2012 and continuing to include all bulbs by 2014. The new bulbs are the “cork screw” type fluorescent bulb that are supposed to be an energy saving alternative. It is touted to last longer and save electric use dollars. Well, I certainly hope it does save users some money because the cost to purchase the new money/energy “saving” bulb in the stores in my area is around $3.00 to $4.00 per bulb. Immediately next to those bulbs are the incandesant bulbs of comparable lighting size that we have used for years at a cost of 2 for a $1.00.

I had purchased several of these new bulbs last summer and replaced perfectly serviceable bulbs with them to see how they worked out. In my opinion the lighting quality was less (causing eye strain) and for a fact instead of lasting for the number of hours stated on the package, they burned out in a matter of months as opposed to the incandesant bulbs in the same sockets that were used for the same length of “lighting time” that would last over a year. WHERE IS THE SAVINGS HERE? In other words, her greatest achievement in office was to pass legislation that will ultimately cost the American public more money and enrich the manufactures bank accounts. I did not touch on the increased governmental tax collections due to increased costs.

There is more to come,this is the first in a series. The answers are hers and the comments are mine.


January 22, 2008 - Posted by | America, Blogroll, Change, commentaries, Democrat, Energy, House, Liberal Democrat, pelosi, Political, POLITICS, RIGHTWINGDOG | , ,

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