(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- A bill entering the South Carolina legislature proposes the state exclusively make and sell incandescent light bulbs.
The federal government created a nationwide phase-out of incandescent bulbs in favor of energy-saving fluorescent bulbs. However, a growing number of critics are decrying the bulbs, calling them expensive, ugly, and dangerous: experts have proven the bulbs release hazardous chemicals when broken.
The South Carolina proposal would sidestep the federal law if the bulbs were produced entirely in South Carolina, not using raw materials from other states. State lawmakers advocating the bill claim it would improve the economy, since the bulb-manufacturing center would create jobs.
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