BATH, N.Y. -- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is fighting what she calls efforts to decimate U.S. light bulb standards. She brought that fight to the Philips Lighting Plant in Bath Thursday.
American plants like Philips have been meeting energy standards since the beginning of the year that make light bulbs 28 percent more energy efficient. Gillibrand says the House Fiscal Year 2013 Energy and Water Appropriations spending bill would prevent those standards from being enforced, something the senator believes must not happen.
Gillibrand said, "The house provision creates a loophole that would basically enable Chinese businesses and other foreign manufacturers to flood our U.S. market illegally, undercutting our local manufacturers and undercutting U.S. manufacturing."
Senator Gillibrand says these illegal and less efficient Chinese bulbs on the U.S. market would increase consumer's energy bills.