The Texas state legislature recently passed a bill that is decidedly challenging Washington on the upcoming energy regulations for incandescent light bulbs.
The bill, H.B. 2510, declares that incandescent light bulbs produced and sold in Texas are exempt from the federal law as they do not involve interstate commerce.
The measure was signed into law by Republican Gov. Rick Perry. However, supporters of the federal energy regulations say the Texas law would be unlikely to withstand a court challenge.
Texas’s deputy director of the Public Citizen office, David Power, reports that Texas would not be able to manufacture incandescent light bulbs in the near future, anyway:
We don’t mine tungsten in Texas. So there is no place where they can get a Texas-made filament for bulbs.
Pennsylvania and South Carolina are reportedly seeking similar efforts to skirt the federal mandate.