It's true, some older-tech bulbs are no longer on store shelves (or won't be there for long) because governmental regulations now require lightbulbs to meet drastically higher efficiency standards.
Time magazine says: "Long Live the Lightbulb." For example:
- Advanced Lighting Technologies markets the Vybrant 2x, an incandescent bulb that's more energy-efficient and lasts twice as long as old bulbs.
- Cree makes LED bulbs (endorsed by NASCAR star Richard Petty) designed to burn brightly for thousands of hours at a low cost. Cree connects with consumers on FB of course.
- Energy Star ratings help consumers know which bulbs meet the EPA's standards for energy efficiency.
By the way, here's a site with ideas about how to safely dispose of CFLs and other alternatives to traditional incandescent bulbs.