It’s only light bulbs, so who cares? The Know Betters of the EU care, and the subhead on the Deutsche Welle article at the link says it all.
The sale of halogen lightbulbs is being banned across the EU, as LEDs are touted as greener alternatives. Advocates insist the move will save consumers money in the long run and lead to lower carbon emissions.
If that were true, then LEDs would have no trouble competing in a free market and supplanting halogens quite rapidly and freely.
Ordinary citizens are just too grindingly stupid to be trusted to make the correct decisions. Irmela Colaco, Energy Efficiency Project Leader for the German environmental group BUND:
It’s high time that the planet and consumers were protected from these power guzzlers[.]
Because consumers are just slack-jawed idiots who cannot protect themselves—or who cannot be trusted to protect themselves in the right way.
This is the Europe our own Leftists want us to emulate.