Industry Impact of Loss of funds for light bulb efficiency enforcement

An article in the New York Times (Dec 16, 2011) describes loss of funds for enforcement of new light bulb standards, requiring a 25%reduction in energy use for 100 watt bulbs. Thus, while the standards kick in as planned in early 2012, the energy department will not have the funds to monitor their implementation by bulb manufacturers. Bulb manufacturers plan to abide by the regulation. But in the absence of enforcement, should production of the old light bulbs be stopped, even if there is demand ? What about lower wattage light bulbs ? Is government volatility of enforcement increasing costs for the industry and consumers ?

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