Rand cites 1937 Rand novel about banning incandescent bulbs. Senate votes to stay in the dark.

"For Sen. Rand Paul, legislation setting new efficiency standards for appliances evokes the nightmare future Ayn Rand warned us all about," POLITICO reports this afternoon.

"Paul offered an amendment to remove the appliance bill’s enforcement authority, but first he turned his attention to Rand’s 1937 novel 'Anthem'...'Over time, he discovers the subway and rediscovered the incandescent light bulb,' he said. Paul described how the novel’s character then takes the light bulb to a leadership council and 'they take the light bulb and, basically, it’s crushed beneath the boot heel of the collective,," POLITICO reports.

Predictably, senators voted to keep Americans in the dark.  The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 16-6 against his amendment to make efficiency standards voluntary.  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) was one of the Republicans to vote against the lightbulb.

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